A Very Special Day

Last night I was a very proud recipient of The National Emergency Medal for volunteering during the Black Saturday fires in Victoria over 4 years ago. It was a very emotional day as it brought back memories from the day, and what myself and my colleagues went through. It also reminded me of the strength that we all had and how we all helped each other get through some tough times afterwards. I have come to the conclusion that I would do it all again, that we were all in places we needed to be that day. Some protected local areas and others like me were helping other smaller rural towns. I would like to pass the message on that if you ever get the chance to put your hand up and Volunteer, whether it's for 5 minutes or 5 hours, please do! The satisfaction you will get from Volunteering is like nothing else, knowing you have made a difference in someone's life, made them smile, or just a comforting chat. Sometimes you even make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people you will never get to meet, but you don't need to, because Volunteering comes from the heart.

  1. Congratulations on receiving such a special honor! It takes a strong and courageous person to do what you do!