Wear orange today and consider volunteering with the NSW State Emergency Service.
That is the message from the SES as it celebrates Wear Orange Wednesday.
Maitland SES volunteer Anatol Dangel has spent 15 years helping others through the service and said it was a rewarding way to contribute to the community.
He encouraged people to attend a training session and find out about volunteering.
“It’s a great place to meet people from different walks of life,” he said.
“We volunteer our time and the payment we get is the satisfaction of doing a job for someone else in their time of need.”
SES volunteers across the state have spent at least 400,000 hours helping people faced with storms, floods and other emergencies.
Schools, businesses and landmarks will turn orange to support the event.
NSW SES Region Controller Greg Perry said the day was an opportune time to show support for volunteers.
“This is a day when the dedicated work NSW SES volunteers do for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, is recognised,” Mr Perry said.
“Seeing people wearing orange and decorating their workplaces and communities is a great way to support our volunteers who are in the NSW SES purely to help out someone when times are tough.
“Underneath their orange helmet in a howling storm you’ll always find a smile and good cheer.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call 1800 201 000.