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Firefighters’ charity fund launched

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21 Jun 2011
Building on MFB’s long traditions of supporting charities and those in need, the Firefighters’ Charity Fund Melbourne was launched today.

The fund will support fundraising efforts in the areas of burns care, children’s health and cancer care or research and will provide assistance to members of the firefighting community, both uniformed and non-uniformed, in times of need.

The launch, held today at the Fire Services Museum, marks the culmination of years of planning and work.

Speaking at the launch, MFB Board President Neil Comrie said that the inaugural charities selected to be supported by the fund would be the Otis Foundation, which provides respite care for cancer sufferers, the Burns Unit of the Alfred Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“The MFB Board is pleased to support this charity, and on behalf of the board I join with MFB’s Executive Leadership Team and the United Firefighters Union in wishing the Firefighters’ Charity Fund Melbourne success in its endeavours,” said Mr Comrie.

The fund will contribute 70 per cent of donations to three core Victorian charities each year, in the areas of children’s health, burns and cancer. Charities supported by the fund will vary from year to year.

The fund will contribute the remaining 30 per cent of donations to FireLegacy – a separate fund designed to assist our community and their families when they are put under financial stress due to the costs of serious medical treatment.

One hundred per cent of donations will be given to charity.  All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

MFB employees and members of the public can choose to make regular voluntary donations to the charity via a payroll deduction, or make one-off donations on the charity’s website.

Developed with the full support of both the MFB and United Firefighters Union, the fund is administered by an independent board.

For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.firecharity.org.au/

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