Deloraine PBCC Donate to SES
Like many rural State Emergency Service Teams, the SES in Meander Valley is run by a volunteer crew. Ordinary townsfolk who do an extraordinary job, these people unselfishly give up their time and effort to help others in need. At any hour of day or night these everyday heroes are called upon to help persons, often complete strangers, who have been injured in accidents on Tasmanian roads.
Keen to support the SES team and acknowledge what they do, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church congregation in Deloraine decided to help out with a practical donation.
At the top of the Meander Valley SES team’s wish-list was a “Combination Tool”, (also known as Jaws of Life): a cutter-spreader appliance that significantly speeds up the time it takes to rescue trapped car-accident victims. The SES team had about half of the funds needed; but still required approximately $4500.00.
The outstanding response to this need proves how much gratitude the local community has for their SES! Funds were donated by individuals in the congregation, over a number of weeks, and on Saturday April 20th, 2013, the PBCC in Deloraine was delighted to present a $5000.00 cheque to the Meander Valley SES, to facilitate the purchase of a new Combination Tool.
Concluding words of the PBCC representative at the presentation of the gift summed up the feelings of the community well:
“I would have to say the SES teams really are an inspiration to the wider community, with the time, the training, the effort, the dedication, the discipline, the committal, the self-sacrifice that goes into your work; giving up your time and risking your lives for others in distress, putting your own priorities and programs on hold at a moment’s notice to help persons, often complete strangers, in trouble and turmoil.
This giving and self-sacrifice is actually essence and principle of Christianity, Jesus is the Supreme Giver; and this gift is from the Plymouth Brethren community to say that we notice, we appreciate, we care and we are very thankful to you.”
The SES responded by inviting anyone interested to attend a practice, to view the Jaws of Life in action. Deloraine PBCC members are looking forward to taking this offer up in the near future!