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Happy is the head that wears the crown

Published 12/03/2013

Sandy Faoro had a ball at the Moomba Festival.

Ms Faoro represented Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) as a member of the Moomba Monarchy, with the festival crowning members of Melbourne’s emergency service organisations this year to honour their service to the city.

The Moomba Monarchy, with Sandy Faoro at centre.

Ms Faoro stood next to representatives from six other organisations – Ambulance Victoria, St John Ambulance, Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Victoria Police and the Land and Fire Management division of the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

A volunteer with SES for almost 31 years, Ms Faoro is currently Controller of the Essendon Unit. She is also a secondary teacher at St Albans Secondary College and a mother of two.

The Moomba Monarchy took pride of place in Monday’s Moomba Parade as it worked its way along St Kilda Road from the Shrine of Remembrance to Alexandra Gardens, and Ms Faoro said her moment in the sun had been an unbelievable experience, if a hot one.

“I had a ball. Besides the heat it was an unbelievable experience. Travelling down that corridor of people, hearing people yell out ‘you do a great job’, was fabulous,” she said.SES volunteers walk the Moomba parade.

SES volunteers also joined in the procession.  

Despite the thrill of the parade, Ms Faoro said her favourite part of proceedings was the opportunity to meet the other six monarchs.

“They’re awesome people – we all got along from the first moment we met. I think we will all end up being friends for a very long time,” she said.

Being a Moomba Monarch had been a good chance to discuss the role of the SES with people, according to Ms Faoro, with more than a few surprised to learn that SES members were volunteers.

“It has been a great experience. Never in my wildest dreams would I expect to be one of the Moomba Monarchy, and I’d like to thank SES for the chance.”

Interested in joining SES to help your community and rub shoulders with Moomba royalty? visit our volunteer page to find out how.