SES vol­un­teer gets a break

Show helps em­bat­tled cou­ple re­lax

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Ali­son Pater­son ali­son.pater­son@north­ern­star.com.au

A LIS­MORE State Emer­gency Ser­vices vol­un­teer whose own house was wrecked while she helped oth­ers dur­ing the March flood will fea­ture on na­tional tele­vi­sion this week­end.

Vol­un­teer Kel­ley Bohn and her hus­band Steven May, along with some other emer­gency per­son­nel, re­ceived a free five-day trip to Townsville in July and will ap­pear in the Of­froad Ad­ven­ture Show on Sun­day at noon.

Ms Bohn said they were se­lected by the SES to take part in the TV show along with some other vol­un­teers who had re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced tough times.

“The show was based on peo­ple who have done it hard, and they con­tacted the SES for nom­i­na­tions and my name was put for­ward,” she said.

“I was re­ally over­whelmed and this break made me feel good af­ter all the neg­a­tiv­ity in the town and hav­ing to putting up with the rub­ber­neck­ers who drove past our home ... we felt lifted by this break.”

Of­froad Me­dia Pro­duc­tions, pro­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tor, Jayson Pack­ett said Ms Bohn and Mr May de­served their break in the Fam­ily Hot Spot seg­ment.

“This is a five-minute seg­ment of Chan­nel TEN’s Of­froad Ad­ven­ture Show, ded­i­cated to the story of an amaz­ing fam­ily/cou­ple who have faced hard­ship and chal­leng­ing times and are in need of a break,” he said.

“Nom­i­nated by an Aussie char­ity, we loan them a new Isuzu Mu-x 4WD and an Ezy­trail Air­lie Car­a­van and take them away for a camp­ing week­end at a hol­i­day park and show­case a se­lected des­ti­na­tion and its ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Pack­ett said it was a re­ally heart­felt seg­ment and in this case Ms Bohn was nom­i­nated by NSW SES.

“Kel­ley self­lessly vol­un­teered many hours of her time to help the com­mu­nity of Lis­more dur­ing the flood­ing, even though her own home was im­pacted sig­nif­i­cantly,” he said.

“She and her hus­band lost their home to flood­wa­ter and are now stay­ing in a mo­tel tem­po­rar­ily whilst they re­build their house in Lis­more.”

“It was not un­til we got away I re­alised how stress­ful the floods have been ... it was so good to be able to re­lax,” Ms Bohn said.

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VOL­UN­TEER RECOG­NISED: NEW SES Lis­more Unit vol­un­teer Kel­ley Bohn was nom­i­nated by the or­gan­i­sa­tion for a well­ness break with her hus­band Steven May, cour­tesy of Chan­nel TEN’s Of­froad Ad­ven­ture Show, af­ter their home was wrecked in the floods while she was out help­ing oth­ers.

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