WOW fac­tor in an emer­gency

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d453917

Trainer Lau­rie Camp­bell, in­stant re­sponse train­ing co-or­di­na­tor Ben Jef­frey and Blue Light Ap­peal founder Mark Leach.

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