State Emergency Service volunteers wear orange every day. But this Wednesday others donned the colour to send a simple message: thank you.
Wear Orange Wednesday was just one event as part of National Volunteer Week, in which the community celebrated the tireless work volunteers do in Bendigo, and across Australia.
SES volunteer Jemma Nesbit-Sackville said the 50 volunteers in the Bendigo unit could be called out any hour of the day and night.
She said by wearing orange, the community showed volunteers they knew who they were, what they did, and how much time they put in.
Ms Nesbit-Sackville said every unit member's reason for volunteering was different.
"We all have personal reasons why we want to, whether it's to give back, or we have certain skills that we can use to help the community," Miss Nesbit-Sackville said.
"It's about them recognising that they do want to contribute past their place of work and to give those skills to unit so we can keep providing a service."
The City of Greater Bendigo thanked more than 500 of its volunteers at a morning tea. Mayor Margaret O'Rourke said the city was fortunate to have a large, passionate group of volunteers.
Volunteers give the city about 30,000 hours of service every year, in areas from home visiting and social support, to Landcare, to events and festivals.
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