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CFA at Jubilation Docklands
Blue skies, beautiful waterfront venue, families, Santa, music, food… Last weekend the inaugural ‘Jubilation’ came to Docklands, a Christmas festival of light, food and entertainment. CFA was there as well.
By Saskia Van Bever
Harbour Esplanade was filled with past and present shiny red fire and rescue trucks on display for the public.
The event kicked off on Friday 12 December. Large crowds from the surrounding offices came down during their lunch break to check out the food park, Christmas market, the CFA trucks and to enjoy the music.
There was more of the same in the evening. The Captain Koala and Friends show entertained the young ones while educating them about important fire safety messages. On Friday and Saturday nights, CFA band The Red Austins rocked the stage, and on Sunday night Koroit brigade member Kayla Dwyer sang country-tinged pop.
Saturday was another beautiful day and at dusk the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard members did some night flare demonstrations, filling Docklands with red smoke.
During the weekend, we handed out thousands of our publication Your Guide to Survival and chatted to the public about fire safety, reminding city-dwellers that they too need to be aware of the fire risks when they’re going on holidays, or visiting friends and family in outer metropolitan Melbourne.
Overall, the event raised around $5,000 for CFA volunteer development.
Thanks to all the CFA members who gave their time to help with the set up and pack up, with manning the stands, who brought in trucks and ensured the event was a success. We could not have done it without you!