On Wednesday the 23rd of May 2018, people all around Australia will be encouraged to wear orange to support SES volunteers as part of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day).
The State Emergency Service (SES) is a well-known emergency services organisation that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in every state and territory in Australia. It provides emergency assistance to Australians during incidents such as floods, storms, earthquakes and bushfires. By wearing orange on the day, you can help show your support to the volunteers who donate their time and skills to this important organisation.
Lighting up the cities In addition to people wearing orange, keep your eyes out for landmarks around Australia that will also be coloured orange. In Victoria, there will be a number of orange-coloured landmarks to look for, including:
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Ballarat Town Hall
Bendigo Conservatory Gardens
Victoria State Emergency Service
Water Tower Park/High St
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
NSW will be also be lighting up a number of landmarks, with some of last year's highlights including the Sydney Opera House and the Big Banana.
In Western Australia, orange lighting will be on display at the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, Parliament House, Yagan Square and Perth Concert Hall.
In Tasmania, Hobart City will be lighting the Railway Roundabout Fountain, Kennedy Lane and the Elizabeth St Mall in Orange.
How you can get involved: Aside from turning up at work or school in your orange tracksuit and beanie, there are a number of other things you can do to show your support:
Organise a WOW Day morning tea at work or with friends
Ask your boss for permission to send an email to all of your work colleagues letting them know about WOW Day
Share WOW day on your Facebook or Instagram page. You can also change your profile pic to the WOW Day logo.
If you work or volunteer at a school, ask your manager if you can promote the event by holding a staff morning tea or organising a casual clothes day with an orange theme
Interested in becoming a SES volunteer?
Looking for a way to make new friends, learn new skills and help your community? The SES welcomes volunteers over the age of 16 from a wide range of backgrounds, and they often have a variety of volunteer roles available, from administration to road crash rescue. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer with the SES, check the following links for information specific to your state or territory: