Anyone one knows me, or has spent any time reading some of my outbursts on social media, will know of my passion for volunteering, particularly in the emergency services.
I get really frustrated with people who seem to want to take, take, take, but never give anything back. I get particularly frustrated with the industry in which I work (IT), where people are pretty well paid for what they do, but generally speaking, don’t feel compelled to give anything back to the community. Those of you IT folk that do, you rock!
To put a positive spin on all this, I was really proud of the folks from my State Emergency Service (SES) unit yesterday. How’s this for involvement?
- 4 members (including our controller) with 2 vehicles and a pump trailer assisting with the flood in the north-east of the state;
- 8 members involved in storm-related jobs or being on stand by as duty officers within our own area (the southern half of the City of Kingston);
- 7 members (or thereabouts) with 2 boats, providing support to the Chelsea Yacht Club for an event;
- 4 members doing storm training at Broadmeadows.
All of this was after 11 members dealt with 14 jobs locally, during the winds on Friday afternoon and evening. And you know what? They’ll be doing it all again today.
Chelsea SES – you rock!
If you’re reading this and you don’t actively give anything back to your community as a volunteer, why don’t you have a good think about how you can change that?