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31 Mar 2010
CFA and MFB fire-fighters are embarking on the inaugural ‘Royal Children’s Hospital 24 hour relay’ tomorrow to raise funds for the Good Friday Appeal.

The inaugural event will involve more than 80 fire-fighters taking shifts to run laps of the city block bordered by Bourke, Elizabeth, Collins and Swanston Sts for 24 hours, all the while collecting donations from the public for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Fire-fighters will run more than 200km into the next morning, with the final lap ending at Eastern Hill Fire station where a breakfast and presentation will be held.

The relay format will see a fire-fighter from each agency running each lap, while fundraising will be conducted by both CFA and MFB fire-fighters shaking tins round the relay course.

Both CFA and MFB fire-fighters are hoping to see as many people around the course as possible to help cheer them on and raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

MFB staff, on and off-duty will also be shaking tins all Friday (0830 – 1600hrs) around Eastern Hill Fire Station in its 51st year of collecting for the Good Friday Appeal.

WHO: CFA and MFB Fire-fighters, with the first lap run by CFA Deputy Chief Officer Steven Warrington and MFB Chief Fire Officer Tony Murphy and a representative of Melbourne City Council.

WHAT: Inaugural Royal Children’s Hospital 24 hour relay

WHEN: Commencing 0900hrs sharp Thursday 1st April and concluding at 0900hrs on Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) at Eastern Hill Fire Station, Gisborne Street East Melbourne

WHERE: Staging area, outside Myer and David Jones in Bourke St Mall

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For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au 

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