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Firefighters take on police in annual Charity Cup 2013

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25 Jun 2013
On the front line, firefighters and police stand side-by-side with a common goal – protecting the community.

But on the footy field, all bets are off with the MFB firefighters taking on Victoria Police in the annual Charity Cup.

Now in its 11th year, the two sides will battle it out at Bentleigh Football Club on Sunday July 7. 

Last year MFB clinched their first victory in several years with a nail-bitingly close game, but the ledger is still in favour of the police with a six to four head-to-head advantage.

South Melbourne Firefighter Stephen Greene is co-ordinating this year’s match and said he hopes for a large turnout of supporters on the day.

“With former AFL players now amongst the ranks at both agencies, it’s a good opportunity for fireys and police officers to pull on the boots in the spirit of friendly competition and to raise a bit of money for a worthy cause,” he said.

In the past decade the event has raised more than $65,000 for various charities including Reclink, The Light House Foundation, Royal Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s House of Welcome.  This year the event will be supporting the EJ Whitten Foundation.

The Foundation is a leading men’s health not-for-profit charity, raising awareness of prostate cancer and fundraising for research into the disease.

“It is great to see guys from the MFB, which is a predominantly male workforce, get behind men’s health and show their support to raise funds for prostate cancer research and the EJ Whitten Foundation,” Ted Whitten Jnr, CEO of EJ Whitten Foundation, said.

“Presently there is no cure for prostate cancer and one in nine men will develop this disease in their lifetime. Their support highlights that men do realise how important it is to find a cure for this disease.”

Other family activities on the day include a sausage sizzle, jumping castle and an MFB and Victoria Police vehicle display.

Entry is via gold coin donation and raffles will be held on the day. 


WHAT:  Firefighters vs Police Charity Cup
WHEN:  Sunday July 7
TIME:  Game begins 2pm
ADDRESS:  Bentleigh Football Club, Arthur Street, Bentleigh


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