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Women of the emergency services to make their mark in first ever charity footy match

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06 Jul 2019
Victoria’s first responders will go head-to-head to raise money for disadvantaged youth at the first ever Emergency Services Women’s Football game on Sunday.

The inaugural women’s match will see firefighters from MFB join forces with Ambulance Victoria to take on Victoria Police. 
 
The women’s debut will follow the ‘Dizzy’ Smith Cup, a contest now in its 17th year in which firefighters from MFB and CFA take on Victoria Police.
 
Event founder Leading Firefighter Chris Smith from MFB’s Windsor Fire Station said the funds raised this year will help to empower young people through Ladder, a charity founded by three AFL players to help break the cycle of youth homelessness.
 
“As firefighters we know all about the opportunities that can present themselves if there’s a steady ladder in sight – that’s why we’re raising much needed funds for Ladder,” said Leading Firefighter Smith.
 
“We have raised more than $100,000 for various charities since the competition began in 2002 and we hope to strengthen this tradition with the first ever women’s game this year,” said Leading Firefighter Smith.

Victoria Police Commander Lisa Hardeman said she was excited to take part in the historical women’s match alongside Victoria Police colleagues as they take on the Ambulance Victoria and fire services team.
 
“We work very closely with our fellow Emergency Service workers to serve and protect the community so it is great that we can come together to raise money for The Ladder Foundation,’ said Commander Hardeman.
 
“I am anticipating two very competitive games with of course a win to Victoria Police,” said Commander Hardeman.
 
Following a firey one point win over the police last year, the contest for the ‘Dizzy’ Smith Cup is sure to be a nail-biter.
 
Bentleigh Recreation Reserve on Arthur Street in Bentleigh is set to see lights and sirens with the men’s game kicking off from 12 noon, and the first bounce of the inaugural women’s match at 2:15pm this Sunday 7 July.

 

Quotes attributable to MFB Acting Chief Officer/CEO Greg Leach:
 
“This game is a great opportunity for emergency responders from all agencies to come together and help support the community they work so hard to protect.
 
“The first ever women’s match is a historical occasion for the state’s emergency services and I know it will go from strength-to-strength as the teams mature in years to come. 
 
“MFB has a proud tradition of digging deep to support the community and I have no doubt a bit of friendly rivalry between the services will go a long way to supporting disadvantaged youth through Ladder. 
 
Quotes attributable to CFA Chief Officer/CEO Steve Warrington:
 
“The CFA is proud to support the role women play in keeping Victorians safe.”
 
“It’s great to be part of this multi-agency event while stoking a little friendly competition.”

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