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AFL & CFA forging CALD partnership
The wind was blowing, the rain clouds rolled in, but nothing dampened the spirits of the 120 school students taking part in the AFL/CFA South East Region Multicultural footy day.
Held on Thursday 17 October at the Lois Twohig Reserve, Dandenong North, the day was a joint initiative between the AFL and CFA through the Volunteer Support Program - a great example of what can be achieved with agencies working together.
District 8 Community Education Coordinator Steven Corrigan and Volunteer Support Program's Josh Davis both said the day exceeded all expectations.
The AFL hosted a round robin tournament for both boys and girls between the four local school groups - St Joseph’s (Springvale), Holy Family (Doveton), Wooranna Park (North Dandenong) and River Gum (Hampton Park). During the byes that each school had throughout the day, the students had the opportunity be part of the CFA race game where they were taught the basics of home fire safety. This activity included crawling low, opening a deadlock, ringing 000 on a phone and talking to CFA personnel who were playing the part of the emergency operator and finally meeting at the letter box.The children then had the opportunity to have a hand ball competition against members from Dandenong Brigade or just have a talk to members, look over and a sit in the fire truck.
The day was the last of a six week long AFL Multicultural Program which provided multicultural students with an introduction to the game, football clinics, a basic knowledge of the rules, match visits to the MCG to see Melbourne Football Club and even the chance of meeting some of the players. The winner of the South East Region Multicultural Cup was Wooranna Park in both the girls and boys competition.
“There are many to be thanked who made the day the success it was. Firstly the AFL for allowing us to work with their Multicultural program, the Longwarry & District Brigade Auxiliary for providing a fantastic barbecue, North Dandenong Junior Football Club for the use of their facility and congratulations to the Dandenong Fire Brigade, District 8 BASOs and staff, and to the Volunteer Support Program for making the day a success" Steve Corrigan said.