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21 Apr 2011
Firefighters and staff from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority joined forces this morning to help raise funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital 2011 Good Friday Appeal.

Around 75 firefighters from across Victoria will take part in a 24 hour MFB/CFA City of Melbourne Relay, in conjunction with the Uncle Bobs Club – one of the major volunteer fundraising groups supporting the Good Friday Appeal.

The run kicked off at 9am this morning, with MFB Deputy Chief Officer Paul Stacchino and CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington representing the two fire services to run the first lap, joined by City of Melbourne Councillors Cathy Oke and Carl Jetter.
Run organiser MFB Firefighter Scotty McGraw and said the inaugural event last year was a huge success.
“The event raised over $15,000 and covered a distance of more than 300 kilometres.”

This year is MFB’s 52nd year supporting the Good Friday appeal. In addition to the run, MFB firefighters, staff, retired firefighters, family and friends will be out collecting donations around East Melbourne and Lygon Street and a number of suburban locations for the Uncle Bob’s Club.

About the 24-hour relay: 
• The relay began at 9am on Thursday 21 April and finishes at 9am on Friday 22 April (Good Friday)
• The relay will run laps (of about 800 metres) around a city block; taking in Bourke Street, Elizabeth Street, Collins Street and Swanston Street
• The relay format will include one CFA runner and one MFB runner, running laps together as a team, not in a race format 
• Fundraising will be done by both CFA and MFB firefighters and personnel, shaking donation tins provided by Uncle Bobs Club around the relay course in the Melbourne CBD
• At the end of the 24-hour relay, the money raised will be a presented to the Good Friday Appeal during the Channel 7 telethon

For more information about the relay contact:
MFB Media (03) 9665 4699 or CFA Media (03) 5330 3124.


About the Good Friday Appeal:

The Herald Sun, 3AW/Magic & Seven Network Good Friday Appeal has contributed more than $211 million to the Royal Children’s Hospital.  In 2010, the Appeal raised the record-breaking amount of $14, 462,000 from the Victorian community.

The Appeal started in 1931 when a group of sportsmen and journalists from the Herald & Weekly Times publication, The Sporting Globe, organised a sporting carnival in aid of charity; the Children’s Hospital was nominated as a recipient of the funds.

For more information about the Good Friday Appeal please contact Lina Caneva on
9292 2116 or 0412 316 368.


MFB Deputy Chief Officer Paul Stacchino, City of Melbourne Councillors Carl Jetter and Cathy Oke and CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington.

 Off and racing!

Changeover runners.


One lap down, 24 hours to go!


Photos available on request, please contact MFB media on 9665 4699.

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