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By Simon Ruppert

Today is Wear Orange Wednesday and you can show your support for the SES by popping past BWS Arundel St and making a donation.

Wear Orange Wednesday is held each year as a national day of thanks dedicated to the more than 5000 Victorian SES volunteers who support their local communities during flood, storm, landslide, road rescue, search and rescue scenarios and more.

Benalla SES volunteer Brett Taylor-Parkins said that last year VICSES responded to more than 27500 requests for assistance.

‘‘Our volunteers are the backbone of VICSES,’’ Mr Taylor-Parkins said.

‘‘Their hard work, dedication and selflessness is commendable and is what makes it such an incredible organisation.

‘‘Wear Orange Wednesday is a fantastic opportunity for the public to say thank you to the incredible volunteers at VICSES who sacrifice their time to help the community rain, hail or shine.’’

Wear Orange Wednesday, which is held during National Volunteer Week, encourages the public to wear orange as a show of support and to say thank-you to the volunteers who sacrifice their time for their communities.

Graham Milner, another Benalla SES volunteer will be outside BWS in Arundel St on Wednesday collecting donations.

‘‘Wear Orange Wednesday is the one day of the year Victorians can say thanks to the thousands of volunteers across the state for all of their tireless work,’’ Mr Milner said.

‘‘I am continually impressed by the dedication and devotion that VICSES volunteers bring to their role.

‘‘They play a vital role in our communities and together make VICSES the organisation it is today.

‘‘Benalla Unit received 187 requests for assistance in the past 12 months.

‘‘Twenty-four of those were for rescue and the rest were generally storm and flood situations.

‘‘Benalla unit has been involved in deployment to Eildon, Wodonga, the Wangaratta flood and have assisted the CFA at fires in Boho, Ruffy and Warrnambool.’’

●You can share your message of support via Facebook and Twitter using #ThankyouSES.

●For more information, visit ses.vic.gov.au/volunteer