NSW Ambulance Service paramedic Sharon Cox and deacon Graeme Davis are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Service for emergency service personnel in Lismore this weekend.
NSW Ambulance Service paramedic Sharon Cox and deacon Graeme Davis are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Service for emergency service personnel in Lismore this weekend.

Give thanks to those who give

People are being urged to come out in force this weekend for the 10th annual Thanksgiving Service in Lismore, which honours the selfless and often brave actions of the region’s many emergency service personnel.

One of the organisers, NSW Ambulance Chaplain for the Northern Region Reverend Deacon Graeme Davis, said coming for a short time to express gratitude for the extreme generosity and kindness emergency services provide in times of need was a small payment for a very big return.

“I encourage people to ask themselves what you would do without them in times of emergencies. How would we cope? The answer is quite simple: we would not,” he said. “These people continue to work without thought for self, or outcome, bringing life giving aid and empathy to those in need.

“These people service us unselfishly throughout the year and it is important for them to know and witness by your presence that we appreciate them.”

Emergency service personnel and their families from all agencies will be represented together with their chaplains, pastoral care and support teams.

The Thanksgiving Service is on this Sunday, February 21, at the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base from 2.30pm. Everyone is invited to stay for afternoon tea after the service.


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