Cairns Taipans tip in to help Orange army preparations
ALEX Loughton knows first hand just how handy the men and women of the State Emergency Service are to have around in a crisis.
When wild winds brought down trees in his Redlynch street during cyclone Yasi, it was the SES which was first on the scene.
So he was more than happy to get his hands dirty yesterday as two of Cairns' favourite orange-clad teams joined forces to encourage people to take part in today's Wear Orange to Work day.
"Orange is obviously synonymous with the Taipans so it was a no-brainer for us to get involved with SES week," he said.
"Obviously with cyclone Yasi, we saw a lot of the SES workers and how well they respond to situations so seeing first hand what they do was really great."
Cairns SES local controller Glenn Dutton said Taipans Loughton, Dusty Rychart and Clint Steindl spent the morning helping volunteers fill sandbags in preparation for the Far North's storm season.
"The boys did a couple of pallets with the volunteers. It was great to see the support from the Cairns Taipans," he said.
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Willing hands: Taipan Clint Steindl, SES member Lucia Spano and Taipans Alex Loughton and Dusty Rychart prepare sand bags ahead of the wet season. Picture: STEWART MCLEAN