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Bondi beach turns orange to support NSW SES volunteers

13 November 2013
Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach was this morning turned into a sea of orange as dozens of people showed their support for NSW State Emergency Service volunteers.
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Wear Orange Wednesday, or WOW day is an annual event providing an opportunity for members of the community, schools, businesses and workplaces to wear something orange to show their appreciation of SES volunteers.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher says it is encouraging to see so many people wearing orange.

“I am today sporting my orange SES tie and it is encouraging to see so many people in the community acknowledging the hard work SES volunteers do every day responding to floods, storms, fallen trees and other emergencies,” Minister Gallacher said.

“Recently we have the SES get out in the community assisting other emergency services during the bush fire emergency and today is a great opportunity for the community to say thanks and actually show their appreciation with a bit of colour.

Acting NSW SES Commissioner Jim Smith said this morning’s display of dozens of people wearing orange and spelling out WOW on Bondi beach was a fantastic way to say thanks to the volunteers.

“Our volunteers do so much work in the community and most of it goes unnoticed, so today is a great way for everyone, not just in NSW but across the country to show their appreciation of all the hard work and tireless dedication.

“Thousands of hours are spent every year ensuring communities are safe during emergencies. Volunteers leave their loved ones and their jobs to protect others.

WOW Day is celebrated every second Wednesday in November as a vibrant acknowledgement of the selfless work of the 40,000 State Emergency Service volunteers across Australia through times of floods, storms and other emergencies.

For more information visit WOW Day

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