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MFB firefighters shake tins for the kids

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08 Apr 2009
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the MFB’s involvement supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The tradition began in 1960, and every year since MFB firefighters volunteer their time by shaking tins at various locations in the Melbourne CBD, and around Eastern Hill fire station collecting donations for the appeal.

Coordinating the MFB’s appeal for the final time this year is Station Officer Bob Chesher, who has been part of the effort for 36 years. “Bob’s seen quite a bit of change over the years, but the one thing that remains constant is the true generosity of Victorians,” said Station Officer Ross Smith.

About 30 firefighters from MFB stations across Melbourne will be joined by volunteers, which include off-duty firefighters, non-operational firefighters and corporate MFB staff.

Station Officer Smith is encouraging anyone who is able to volunteer their time to join in. “It’s a fantastic way to give something back to a service that helps so many families in our community.

“For those who can donate, please look out for us in our high-visibility jackets. We’re hoping to beat last year’s collection record which was just shy of $25,000. Although given the recent outpouring of generosity during the fires, we’re happy to collect whatever people can kindly offer.

“Most of the firefighters have been involved with the Good Friday Appeal for quite some time, and many have also been involved with the hospital on a personal level too.”

To donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal visit: www.goodfridayappeal.com.au

Tovolunteer, the MFB collection effort will be coordinated out of Eastern Hill fire station, Gisborne Street, East Melbourne, 9.00 am - 4.00 pm this Friday 10 April, all volunteers welcome.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact the Media and Communications Department on (03) 9665 4452 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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