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MFB raises record amount for Good Friday Appeal

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02 Apr 2013
The Easter long weekend was a busy one for MFB firefighters and support staff, who were involved in a variety of fundraising events for the Good Friday Appeal.

In total, MFB’s contribution to the Uncle Bob’s Club tally was $68,341.84. 

MFB Acting Chief Officer Peter Rau said praised the efforts of all involved over the weekend. “It’s a huge effort by all involved and will make a big different to the research and care carried out at the Royal Children’s Hospital,” he said.


High-angle rescue demonstration

As part of the Good Friday Appeal live telecast on Channel 7, MFB firefighters and their counterparts from the CFA performed a high angle rescue at the Burnley Training Complex.  The “Fire Services Challenge” was an opportunity for the two fire services to work together and demonstrate their specialist rescue skills.

The event was hosted by former AFL star player Matthew “Richo” Richardson, with Leading Firefighter Danny Ward narrating the display from the ground.  Station Officer Bill Rouse and CFA Senior Station Officer Darryl Owens co-ordinated the rescue from the top of the tower.

The demonstration was supported by Anaconda who donated a $5000 cheque to the Good Friday Appeal at the end of the demonstration. 

Top: Senior Station Officer Darryl Owens, Matthew Richardson and Station Officer Bill Rouse


MFB/CFA Good Friday Appeal relay

On Thursday MFB firefighters and corporate staff embarked on a mammoth fundraising effort, with the annual MFB/CFA Good Friday Appeal relay in the Bourke Street Mall.

The event ran from 7am to 9pm and was kicked off with Deputy Chief Officer Paul Stacchino, CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington and Greens MP Adam Bandt running the first two laps.

More than 70 MFB staff attended throughout the day to run laps and shake tins.  The relay raised a record $27,115.80 for the Good Friday Appeal.

Congratulations to its co-ordinators Leading Firefighters Scott McGraw and Steve Axup (from the MFB Running Club), along with SSO Ross Smith and CMDR Mark Carter.


Good Friday Appeal tin shakers top previous record

On Friday MFB was out in force across the Metropolitan District shaking tins at 12 different intersections.

The MFB beat its 2012 collection total, raising $41,226.04, that’s a 20% increase on last year!

A whopping 41 firefighting appliances participated during the course of the day.  Operational and support staff also attended the annual Good Friday Appeal barbecue at Eastern Hill Fire Station.

From left: Senior Station Officer Ross Smith, Lauren Dodemaide, Janine Clarke and Commander Mark Carter at the MFB Good Friday Appeal barbecue at Eastern Hill Fire Station.


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