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Firefighters run for the ANZACS

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26 Mar 2008
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s Charity Running Club is ready to embark on their Great ANZAC Run 2008.

The Great ANZAC Run 2008 will see 24 participants taking part in a 4,075 km run from Gallipoli, beginning on 26 April, the day after ANZAC day. The run will take 18 days and will finish in England on 18 May.

The running route will pass through Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and Belgium and will include visits to World War 1 battle sites and war graves so that those participating can pay homage to the young Australians who gave their lives at war.

Project director and MFB leading firefighter Paul Ritchie said that run would create further awareness of war, geography, history, literature, politics and culture within the wider Australian community.

“The message of our run that we intend to take to the community is one of selfsacrifice, mateship, integrity and a commitment to the very essence of what it means to be an Australian,” he said.

Firefighter Kylie Evans has also jumped at the chance to become involved in the MFB’s Charity Running Club and the Great ANZAC Run 2008 team.

“I am honoured to have earned my spot on the team of runners going and am looking forward to celebrating my 30th birthday on 27 April in a reflective and memorable way,” she said.

Proceeds raised from the Great ANZAC Run will go to the Alfred Hospital Burns Unit.

The MFB Charity Running Club was established in 1977 and has completed ANZAC memorial runs from Canberra to Melbourne in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The club has raised over $2 million for various charities in its 30 year history.

Visit www.thegreatanzacrun.com to make a donation and to follow the journey of the runners.

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To arrange an interview or a photo opportunity with the ANZAC runners, please contact:

Jessica Warne
MFB Media and Corporate Communications
0400 919 778
jwarne@mfb.vic.gov.au

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