Syrian refugees become SES volunteers within weeks of arriving in Australia

Johnny and Carol Bilouna a Syrian refugee couple became SES volunteers within a month of arriving in Australia.
The couple joined the State Emergency Service (SES) within a month of arriving in Australia, and have since undergone training in land searches, floods and bushfires. They have helped to fix three storm damaged roofs for people who have what they now do not – a home of their own.
Mrs Bilouna said the volunteer work was a way of meeting people and giving something back.
“It’s a way of saying thank you to the government maybe,” she said.