We are all being encouraged to dig deep into our wardrobe and find something orange to wear today as part of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW).
A key element of National Volunteer Week, Wear Orange Wednesday is a national day of recognition for the 40,000 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers across Australia and the work they do help their communities.
People who dress up in orange, the official colour of the SES, are being encouraged to snap a selfie and upload it to their social media channels using the hashtag #thankyouSES.
South Australian SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie said Wear Orange Wednesday was timely given the devastating impacts Mother Nature has had on local communities over the past 12 months.
“Since 1 May last year, South Australian SES volunteers have responded to around 17,000 requests for assistance from the South Australian community,” “This is an enormous effort given that normally we respond to somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 callouts in a 12-month period" Mr Beattie said.
“SES volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and considerable expertise to respond to storm and flood taskings, road crash and marine rescues, land searches and many other emergencies so WOW Day is a great way for everyone across Australia to say thanks for those efforts.
It's easy for everyone to get involved in WOW Day.
“All you need to do is wear something orange, take a selfie, and share it on social media with the #thankyouSES hashtag,” he said.
“If you can’t wear orange today, you can still get involved by changing your social media profile picture to one of the many WOW Day profile icons available at www.wearorangewednesday.com.au.” Mr Beattie added.