Volunteers celebrated as part of national week

Volunteers throughout the Central Goldfields Shire community have been thanked for the important role they have in the community, including Maryborough SES unit members Ken Mcdermid, Aleisha and Peter Borg.

Before the sun had a chance to rise on Wear Orange Wednesday, a day of national thanks for SES volunteers, local members were already hard at work removing fallen trees from local roads in Lexton.

The annual day fell in the middle of National Volunteer Week this year, which runs until Sunday, May 24 under the theme of ‘changing communities, changing lives’ and celebrates the role countless volunteers play in communities across the country.

During the challenging times COVID-19 have brought, it’s more important than ever that the work of volunteers in every community is recognised.

Maryborough’s SES unit currently has 22 members, including three junior members, who volunteer their time to attend calls to incidents such as storm damage, flooding, fallen trees, road accidents and many more.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the local unit is still attending callouts and unit controller Ken Mcdermid said the sense of community contribution among local members is “very strong”.

For more on this story see Page 8 of The Advertiser, Friday, May 22

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