Wear yellow to support Macarthur firies this month

Bright idea: Christine Di Bella, Tia Veech, Wilton Public School and Wilton RFS volunteers are ready for Wear It Yellow Day. Picture: Sharon Robertson
Bright idea: Christine Di Bella, Tia Veech, Wilton Public School and Wilton RFS volunteers are ready for Wear It Yellow Day. Picture: Sharon Robertson

February 28 is the last day of summer (unless it's a leap year) but two local ladies want to give it a new title.

Tia Veech and Christine Di Bella want the day to be known as Wear It Yellow Day.

Ms Veech said the event would be a chance to raise some money for the region's Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers.

"It's just an idea that we'd like to see people really embrace, take it on and do their own thing," she said.

"A lot of people want to do something to help the firies but they are worried about the best way to donate and make sure it gets to our local brigades.

"With this fundraiser the organiser can take funds raised directly to the local brigade."

Ms Veech said participating in Wear It Yellow would be easy.

"You can wear any item of yellow clothing to get involved, even if it's a pair of socks or a ribbon in your hair," she said.

"Then the organiser can collect a gold coin donation (or more) from the people who are taking part.

"We'd really like local schools and businesses to get involved - it really is so simple.

"Schools often celebrate Harmony Day by allowing the kids to wear something orange so this would just be another event similar to that."

The funds raised can be donated to the brigade of the organiser's choice or directly to the RFS through its website.

Ms Veech said the event would also be a great way for children to learn more about the RFS.

"My daughter was actually at a sleepover in Buxton when the fires went through there," she said.

"It was scary for us but it was even scarier for her.

"The family she was staying with was evacuated by the RFS and now she associates the RFS with that fearful moment.

"So this could be a chance for kids to learn about the RFS and all of the work that they do so in tough situations, like my daughter experienced, it just takes away some of that fear factor."

Ms Veech encouraged everyone to get involved and show their support for the region's firies.

"What the RFS did over Christmas and the new year was amazing - but that isn't all that they do," she said.

"This is a great way to thank them for everything that they do."