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Fireys smash fundraising goal to honour late colleague’s legacy

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21 Nov 2016
MFB firefighters hosted a Suicide Prevention Fundraising concert at Max Watt’s on Saturday 19 November 2016 in honour of Late Station Officer Adrian Newton, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Bali in May this year.

The night was an astounding success, raising more than $62,000.00. This money will be used to develop a mental health app for firefighters and other first responders. 

Committee Chair MFB Leading Firefighter Nathaniel O’Brien said that it was an amazing night, and the Committee was immensely thankful to the sponsors, businesses, attendees, and the many individuals who could not make it on the night, but still donated to the cause.

“MFB fireys set themselves the task of raising $50,000.00 in honour of Adrian, who came up with this concept after several firefighters he knew took their own lives in 2015.”

“Sadly, Adrian was taken from us earlier this year, so to continue his legacy, MFB firefighters came together to deliver the event in his honour, to raise awareness of Victorian firefighters experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and suicidal thoughts.  

“We are rapt that we far exceeded our target, and the money raised will directly go towards the development and hosting for the app. We feel confident that the technology will provide vital support to those when they need it most.”    

The event was attended by more than 250 people and MC’d by Nathan Kaye with support from Aussie Musios ARIA award winner Ash Grunwald, Los Amigos, DJ Mermaid and DJ Aybner.

Former NSW Police Officer Allan Sparkes CV shared with attendees his experience dealing with PTSD and stressed the importance of not just asking if someone is okay, but more importantly how can I help you?

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