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CFA celebrates power of volunteers
As one of the largest volunteer-based organisations in the world, CFA will acknowledge and celebrate the commitment of its 60,000 members during National Volunteer Week (12-18 May).
This year, which also marks the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, the theme is ‘Celebrate the power of volunteering’.
Throughout the week, a number of state wide and local events will be held ranging from BBQs to family fun days, marking the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said although it’s important to recognise volunteers all year round, National Volunteer Week is a great time to say thank-you to all CFA volunteers.
“It’s a time to highlight the incredible work they do for the community,” he said.
“This includes both operational and non-operational members – and those who have served in the past.
“We should never forget the contribution volunteers have made in the past, and make today, to protecting life and property right across Victoria.”
As National Volunteer Week recognises the relationship between volunteers and their communities, CFA will highlight the stories of volunteers in a number of ways.
Poems, songs and messages written by members of the community are being posted to the CFA Facebook page www.facebook.com/cfavic and can also be submitted through CFA News & Media http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au. Some of these messages will form a collection of visual displays that will feature at Federation Square in Melbourne throughout the week up until June.
CFA volunteers were also given the opportunity to enter a competition to play in an AFL half time game at the MCG on Saturday 17 May. Part of the field will be cleared and 20 CFA volunteers will be selected to battle it out against each other during a friendly 20 minute game. There’s also several free tickets to be won by CFA volunteers to enjoy some selected games over the next few weeks.