LAST weekend, Leisa and Brandon Battley stood side by side in orange uniforms helping Redlands cope with heavy rain and flash flooding.
This weekend, weather permitting, they’ll spend time together in a more relaxing context, as Brandon spoils Leisa for Mother’s Day.
They are just one of the many mother-and-son duos who keep our community safe as part of volunteer emergency services operations.
Brandon decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps three months ago after growing up seeing her volunteer in the Redlands SES Unit.
“I saw how much fun she had and it intrigued me,” he said. “So I just wanted to join to help out the community a bit as well and see what all the fun was about.”
Brandon and Leisa, who also volunteer in the recently-created North Stradbroke Island Rural Fire Brigade, said the sense of duty and rewarding feeling of helping those in need motivated them to keep working in the services.
That contribution to the community was well-received on Friday afternoon, as an east coast low drenched South East Queensland.
While Redlands was far from the area worst affected by the deluge, more than 50 sandbags were collected from a self-service SES station at Cleveland Showgrounds.