Tomorrow (20 May) is WOW Day: Wear Orange Wednesday.
In the past 12 months, Gippsland’s VICSES volunteers have responded to 2,628 Requests for Assistance, in areas between Phillip Island and Mallacoota, and up to Warragul and Erica.
WOW Day is a chance to say thanks to all the volunteers who come from our own communities. They have put on their orange uniforms and helped the public during a bushfire crisis, thousands of storm damage callouts, and a pandemic. This week also marks National Volunteer Week.
Gippsland towns with the most VICSES callouts were Mallacoota (388 incidents), Warragul (169) and Traralgon (166). The most common types of incidents in this 12 month period were trees down (2,463), assist other agency (415) and flood (191).
Gippslanders are being encouraged to be involved in WOW Day by wearing orange, and posting a photo to social media using the hashtags #WOWDay #ThankYouSES. Workplaces can also organise orange themed work meetings, even if working remotely, with a Thank You SES Zoom background available on the VICSES website.
More information about Wear Orange Wednesday is here: www.ses.vic.gov.au/media/campaigns/wear-orange-wednesday