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Fire services join forces for a good cause

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04 Mar 2013
They’ve spent the past three months battling fires side-by-side during a busy summer fire season.

Now, MFB and CFA firefighters will join forces again, this time to raise money for charity.

The annual Good Friday Appeal relay, run by the fire services in conjunction with Uncle Bob’s Club, will be held on Thursday, 28 March in the Bourke Street Mall.

Firefighters from MFB and CFA will run continuous laps of about 800 metres around one of the city’s busiest blocks for 14 hours straight. One CFA runner and one MFB runner will complete each lap together as a team, not in a race format.

The course takes in Bourke, Elizabeth, Collins and Swanston Streets, with a starting point in the Bourke Street Mall outside the Royal Arcade and opposite Myer.

Last year the event raised more than $22,000 and participants ran 351 laps, or just over 350km. That’s the equivalent of running from the CBD to the Albury-Wodonga border.

MFB Leading Firefighter and relay coordinator Steve Axup said the emphasis of the event was on 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,” he 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.

“Fundraising for the Good Friday Appeal has become a huge tradition for both fire services. The relay is one of many ways that CFA and MFB support the Good Friday Appeal each year,” she said.

Fundraising will be done by both CFA and MFB firefighters and personnel, shaking donation tins in the city (and across the state for the wider appeal).

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

Relay details: The relay begins at 7.00am on Thursday, 28 March and finishes at 9.00pm.

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