WOW factor in an emergency
WEAR Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) was just another workday for many emergency services workers who already dress in orange, but the scale of support was not lost on them.
The annual national day recognised last Wednesday gets bigger and bigger every year, according to Blue Light Appeal chief executive Mark Leach.
The Mediforce founder said WA relied on volunteer organisations like the SES.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said WOW Day was an opportunity for people to honour the hard work and dedication of emergency service volunteers.
“Western Australia is fortunate to have more than 2000 SES volunteers who give up their time to help keep the community safe during emergencies,” Mr Francis said.
Elizabeth Quay and Council House were among landmarks lit up in orange to mark WOW Day.
Mr Leach launched Blue Light Appeal last year to raise money and awareness for emergency service personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families.
The inaugural fundraising event is on Saturday, July 16 at Government House Ballroom.
Money raised will go towards bringing a New South Wales document about the signs, symptoms and remedies for PTSD to WA for training purposes, as well as distributed among charities doing research on PTSD.
Trainer Laurie Campbell, instant response training co-ordinator Ben Jeffrey and Blue Light Appeal founder Mark Leach.