Wear orange on Wednesday 17 May to say thank you to SES volunteers

Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is a national day of recognition to say ‘thank you’ to all SES volunteers across Australia.

This year WOW Day will be celebrated on Wednesday 17 May 2023.

On WOW Day we encourage communities across Australia to wear orange and thank all SES volunteers who generously give their time to help communities during floods, storms and emergencies.

What to do before WOW Day

What to do on WOW Day

  • Wear something orange in colour
  • Take a photo of yourself and your colleagues wearing orange and post it to social media using the hashtag #ThankYouSES
  • Host a WOW Day morning tea
  • Bake something orange
  • Light up your home or workplace in orange lights
  • Say thank you to a SES volunteer
  • Join us and our Principal Sponsor NRMA Insurance at the Special WOW Day event at Rundle Mall in Adelaide

Thank you to all the SES volunteers across Australia who work all year round to protect us and our most vulnerable. We thank you for saving lives and protecting communities.

Visit our SES Volunteer Registration page to register your interest in becoming an SES volunteer in South Australia.

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2023

WOW Day is celebrated during ‘’National Volunteer Week’’. 

In 2023, ’National Volunteer Week‘ will be held on

Monday 15 May to 21 May 2023

’National Volunteer Week’ is celebrated across Australia to acknowledge the generous contribution that all Australian volunteers make in their communities. The theme for ’National Volunteer Week’ 2023 is "The Change Makers". Volunteering brings people together; it builds communities and creates a better society for everyone. Together, through volunteering, we are the change makers. 

During National Volunteers Week, join us in celebrating the valuable contributions of all volunteers across Australia.
Visit the Volunteering Australia, National Volunteer Week page to learn more about the week.

Visit the Volunteering Australia, National Volunteer Week page to learn more about the week.