Community surprises SES with donations
The 2nd Chance Op Shop in Kelmscott celebrated their first birthday by donating $10,000 to four different volunteer Emergency Services this week. Paul Hollamby, Local Manager Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES), and Connie Eikelboom Deputy Manager from Armadale were both present on Saturday to each receive a cheque for $2500. Another two cheques were given to volunteer fire brigades in Armadale and Roleystone. “The recognition of the commitment and sacrifices of the SES volunteers to the community was greatly appreciated”, said Paul Hollamby.
Over the past 12 months 2nd Chance Op Shop has not only provided the local community quality items, but has also donated the proceeds to many community groups in the Gosnells, Armadale & Serpentine/Jarrahdale areas. These proceeds have exceeded $20,000 and allowed many other community groups to continue to provide their valuable service to the community. Connie Eikelboom from Armadale SES said “This donation will be used to cover public education expenses not funded through existing arrangements.”
On Monday morning, Armadale SES and Gosnells SES sent teams to relieve Bunbury and surround SES volunteers, who were responding to calls for assistance that resulted from a cold front that caused significant damage in the South West. It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers.
Training with the SES is open to men and women, of all ages over 18. Contact the Gosnells SES on 9459 8015, or Armadale SES on 9497 1266 to find out more about becoming a volunteer.
SES Volunteers Paul Hollamby, Connie Eikelboom, Ben Whitaker & Daniel Boston at the presentation