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CFA raises $1.7 million for Good Friday Appeal
Thousands of CFA members set a new record on Friday by collecting over $1.76 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The exact total of $1,763,267.45 beats the amount collected by CFA last year by almost $50,000.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone presented the cheque during Channel 7’s telethon on Friday evening. Like previous years, the total collected by CFA made up more than 10% of the $17,445,624.38 raised for the Good Friday Appeal in total.
“I’m incredibly proud of every member and brigade involved. The amount raised represents a fantastic achievement,” Joe said.
Joe was joined at the presentation by Point Cook Fire Brigade member Alison Anderson and Mernda Fire Brigade’s Megan Giammarco and Jason Smith (see photo).
Alison pointed to the enormous level of support provided by her Point Cook community, a level that was evident in communities across Victoria.
“We had a massive target and it’s an amazing effort from the brigade and the community. A lot of our members have been touched by the Royal Children’s and it’s a cause close to all of our hearts,” Alison said at the end of her very long Friday.
It’s a sentiment echoed loudly by Joe Buffone. “We owe a massive thanks to the community for their generosity and support. CFA brigades have been raising money for the Appeal for more than 60 years now. It’s a very special tradition,” said Joe.
The money raised will be used to The Royal Children’s Hospital to buy medical equipment and to fund research projects and scholarships.