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MFB raise more than $60,000 for Good Friday Appeal

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22 Apr 2014
MFB firefighters, corporate staff, family members and supporters have joined forces to raise thousands of dollars for the Good Friday Appeal.

Every year the MFB is in involved in several fundraising efforts – the Fire Services Relay in the Bourke Street Mall and tin rattling across Melbourne.

This year the 14-hour relay, run with the CFA and Uncle Bob’s Club, raised a record $30,008.10 for the cause.

More than 75 firefighters and staff from across Melbourne and regional Victoria teamed up for the event, held on Thursday 17 March, to run 186 laps of about 800 metres around the city’s busiest streets.

The relay, run by the fire services in conjunction with Uncle Bob’s Club, is now in its 5th year.

Last year the event raised more than $27,000 and participants ran 205 laps, or just over 160km. That’s the equivalent of running from the CBD to Bendigo.

“The relay is a great way to engage with the community of Melbourne and to raise money for a great cause,” relay coordinator and MFB Leading Firefighter James Beard said.

Every dollar from the fundraising event is donated to the Good Friday Appeal, which goes towards purchasing life-saving equipment and funds medical research at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the relay, MFB members were also out rattling donation tins in the city, and across the state for the wider appeal.

The rattlers raised a further $30,234.45 for the cause, taking the total contributions from MFB to the Good Friday Appeal to $597,599.57 since the brigade first started collecting in the St Kilda Junction in 1959.

Senior Station Officer Ross Smith said the money would help the Royal Children’s Hospital maintain its reputation as the best Children’s Hospital within the Australia.

“Over the past 16 years that I’ve been involved with this charity I’ve had numerous opportunities to engage with many families who’ve require the services of the Royal Children’s Hospital, and they all sing its praises,” he said.

“Hopefully you and I or members of our respective families will never need to use its services but it’s great to know that it’s there if we do.”

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