"Blue Angels" pray for more safety, less calamity
IPSWICH emergency-services people, especially the State Emergency Service volunteers, always appreciate a little help.
Members of Tzu Chi Foundation gathered yesterday at the SES Redbank Plains headquarters for an appreciation and praying day.
The Buddhist compassion relief organisation was established in 1966 to promote charity, medical service, education and humanistic values.
At the event, Tzu Chi members prayed for fewer natural disasters in the world, especially locally, and that Ipswich's emergency-services and SES members remained safe on duty.
Cr Cheryl Bromage was at the ceremony and said it was wonderful to join with members of Tzu Chi Foundation and pay tribute to the emergency workers.
"We describe the Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers as our blue angels, while the city's SES members are heroes in orange, she said. "They perform a wonderful role and it is only fitting that their hard work and dedication is acknowledged and recognised."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the city had enjoyed a deep friendship with Tzu Chi Foundation, which was getting stronger all the time.
He said the council had recently signed a special agreement to acknowledge the partnership and provide the region with a foundation for the future.
"We will continue to work closely with the Tzu Chi Foundation to meet the current and future challenges together as Ipswich continues to recover, rebuild and grow," he said.