BENDIGO will be turned a brighter shade of orange today as part of Wear Orange Wednesday.
A community event will be held outside the High Street Bendigo Bank building from 8am to 10am today.
The event is in support of National State Emergency Services (SES) week, which runs from November 12 to November 18.
Those who wear orange will be offered a free sausage and egg sandwich, plus prizes for the best-dressed orange outfit.
SES volunteers will perform a road-crash rescue demonstration for the crowd and will be on hand to give insight into their roles.
Bendigo Spirit players Maddie Garrick, Renae Camino, Kelsey Griffin, Hayley Munro and Rebecca Campigli will also be on hand to shoot hoops with SES mascot Paddy Platypus.
SES volunteer Todd Alford is the face of the week in Bendigo.
The Bendigo Bank IT department worker has volunteered with the SES for four years.
Mr Alford said while Bendigo had sufficient numbers of SES volunteers, forces further out of town were struggling for members. He said volunteering for the SES was a rewarding experience.
“It’s always interesting and it’s good to give back to the community,” he said.
He encouraged people to wear orange to work this morning.
“It’s hard to get orange clothes but if you can, do it,” he said.
SES week is a chance for communities around the state to see their local crews in action and learn about life as a volunteer.