Funds raised for SES

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla SES was fundraising last week at BWS in Arundel St as part of National Volunteer Week’s Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW).

WOW takes place every May with local units out rattling tins while the public is encouraged to upload photos of themselves clad in orange with the hashtag #thankyouses

BWS on Arundel St is a local supporter of WOW and manager Susan Knight said there was more to the partnership than just the colour orange.

‘‘We’re happy to be involved and encourage everyone to donate their change to the SES after visiting our bottle-shop,’’ Ms Knight said.

SES unit duty officer Graham Milner was outside BWS with his team of volunteers on Wednesday.

‘‘In an emergency the SES is there to back up the community in its time of need,’’ Mr Milner said.

‘‘So Wear Orange Wednesday is the day where we hope that the SES is recognised in public for the work it does.

‘‘Over the past four years BWS has supported the SES in fundraising during volunteer week and particularly on Wear Orange Wednesday.

‘‘We’d like to say a big thank you to them for their support — the money they help us raise is so important to us.

‘‘It will be used in a number of areas, not least of which will be to help acquiring operational necessities for the unit.’’

Benalla SES is always on the lookout for new volunteers and Mr Milner wants to ask anyone who may be able to help, to get in contact.

‘‘Members learn great skills and receive continual training,’’ he said.

‘‘Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Benalla Unit on 57627676. Training takes place on Wednesday nights each week.’’

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