Whittlesea State Emergency Service Unit is encouraging everyone to wear orange on Wednesday to support the SES volunteers who dedicate their time to communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The volunteers are called on to attend damage from storms, floods, road crash rescues and much more.
Wear Orange Wednesday is a statewide initiative to encourage recognition of SES volunteers.
SES volunteers, family members, community groups, residents, businesses and politicians are encouraged to post a message to social media with the hashtags #ThankYouSES and #WOWDay while wearing a touch of orange.
Whittlesea SES Unit people sections officer Micaela Hill said the unit encouraged the community to wear orange and thank volunteers in the community.
“SES members are often hidden and you don’t see them out and about too much but when you do, just say thank you and wearing orange is the way to do that,” she said.
“Last year, a lot of members were at the MCG during the footy so Wear Orange Wednesday is getting up there”.
“It’s just the community recognising other members of the community that go above and beyond”.
“We’re extremely lucky in the City of Whittlesea. At most community events, people will often come up and have a chat but more importantly, when we’re at people’s homes and at jobs, just the thanks and appreciation that comes through means more than anything to us.”
Landmarks across Victoria including the MCG, Bolte Bridge and Arts Centre Melbourne will also be lit up orange to show thanks to SES volunteers.
For more information on how to show appreciation for the SES, visit ses.vic.gov.au.