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15 Apr 2014
MFB and CFA firefighters are teaming up to help raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital 2014 Good Friday Appeal.

The annual relay, run by the fire services in conjunction with Uncle Bob’s Club, will be held on Thursday, 17 April in the Bourke Street Mall.

Firefighters from CFA and MFB will partner up to run continuous laps around one of the city’s busiest blocks for 14 hours straight.

Starting in the Bourke Street Mall outside the Royal Arcade, the relay will take place along Bourke, Elizabeth, Collins and Swanston Street, with each lap about 800 metres long.

Firefighters are hoping to beat last year’s record of $27,115 after running a total of 205 laps. That’s the equivalent of 160 kilometres, or running from the CBD to Bendigo.

The emphasis of the event is fundraising, with all fitness levels invited to participate.

"The relay is a great way to engage with the community of Melbourne and to raise money for a great cause," relay co-ordinator and MFB Firefighter James Beard said.

CFA volunteer and relay coordinator Christine Henderson said much like CFA, the Good Friday Appeal relies on the generosity and goodwill of thousands of volunteers.

"The event is now in its fifth year and it has become a huge tradition for both fire services," she said.

"The relay is one of many ways that CFA and MFB support the Good Friday Appeal and all money raised goes towards buying life-saving equipment to help some of Victoria’s sickest children."

CFA and MFB firefighters and personnel will also be out in force rattling donation tins in the streets of the CBD, and across the state for the wider appeal.

At the end of the 14-hour relay, the money will be a presented by CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson during the Channel 7 telethon as part of the Uncle Bob’s Club contribution to the Good Friday Appeal.

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