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Bunnings Keysborough Community Day

Chelsea SES on display


Chelsea SES members on display at Bunnings Keysborough

On the day that the London Olympics Opening Ceremony was talking place, a display of almost equal grandeur was unfolding in the suburbs of Melbourne.


The display covered many areas of SES work

The car park at Bunnings Keysborough was transformed on Saturday (28/07/2012) for the annual Bunnings Community Day and Chelsea SES were there n force to give the Bunnings customers a look at just what the SES is all about.


There was a great deal of interest in the trucks from old and young alike


He's not SES; if he was, that nose would be orange!

Chelsea Community Education Officer, Allan Crompton, pulled out all stops, and did a sensational job in coordinating a huge display of vehicles, equipment, displays and even an IRB. Chelsea Rescue 1, 2 and 3 were all on display and there were plenty of members on hand to show visitors around.


Bunnings Keysborough Operations manager hands over the cheque to Chelsea Controller, Ron Fitch

As part of the morning, Chelsea Unit Controller, Ron Fitch, was very happy to receive a cheque for $2,550.00 from Bunnings Keysborough Operations manager, Mark Waters which was from a Bunnings, Dulux promotion whereby Chelsea SES received a percentage of every can of Dulux paint sold over a specified period.


It's harness racing time and not a trotter in sight

One of the highlights of the day was a harness race featuring participants from the CFA; Bunnings activities very own Catriona Noble and a younger member of the audience. After Chelsea member Michael showed how it was done, the race was on in earnest.


And the winner is?

A battle royal between Bunnings and the CFA meant that our youngest entrant snuck home under the radar and won the day but a great effort by all concerned.


Static displays and demonstrations kept the audience entertained

There were also displays on sandbagging and protecting a doorway and window using simple, everyday items that can be found around most homes.


Good to see that even Kylie, the boss of the Keysborough store, was getting involved

Keysborough Complex Manager, Kylie Brooks did a great job with the doorway and was then ready for anything.


Try the drivers seat for size?

The kids had a great time jumping into the driver’s seat of Rescue 2 and some potential new members got into the boating spirit in a big way.


Another prospective member of the Chelsea boat crew and we love the colour of that hoodie!


So many questions, so little time


A nice way to say thanks

Tins were rattled, sirens were sounded and races were staged, run and won. Donations were rewarded with raffle tickets for a fantastic Makita radio, donated by Bunnings and all in all a great day was had by everyone.


Past and present Chelsea Controllers compare notes

In a yesterday meets today moment, current Chelsea Controller, Ron Fitch, met up with past Controller Mal Fraser who looked after the Chelsea Unit in the early 90’s, a very different place with very different equipment and vehicles.


Chelsea SES say a huge thank you to Bunnings Keysborough for their continued support and we look forward to doing it all again, bigger and better next year!


Last Updated (Saturday, 28 July 2012 15:38)