WHEN the idea of a national day of thanks for firefighters was pitched to Aleasha Gilbert, she did not hesitate to put up her hand to help.
The Bendigo resident had family and friends who are in the Country Fire Authority and other emergency service organisations.
She said she knew of their dedication to the job and thought they deserved to be recognised.
"They work so hard in their jobs," she said.
"They give up so much of their time."
Ms Gilbert is a member of the National Red Balloon Day committee, which set up a national day of thanks on February 28.
She said preparation in the lead up to the inaugural day involved a lot of late nights but was worth it.
"It is such a worthwhile cause," she said.
Ms Gilbert said she would recommend volunteering to anyone with spare time.
"People should put themselves in someone else's shoes," she said.