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CFA raises thousands for charity through Febfast

By: CFA News

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  3.01 PM 2 March, 2016

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CFA members have raised $3446 for disadvantaged youth by taking part in this year’s Febfast.  

The health initiative, which sees people abstain from sugar and or alcohol over the month of February, raises funds for the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).

Thirty one staff and volunteers from across the state were involved, with CFA coming in 8th on the corporate leaderboard. 

CFA CEO Lucinda Nolan and Chief Officer Joe Buffone both took part, each giving up sugar and alcohol over what is traditionally the fire service’s busiest month.

A member of the YSAS Board and regular Febfast participant, Lucinda said “I slept like a baby, but wasn’t sure if it was lack of sugar or alcohol that assisted.

“It wasn’t as hard as I was expecting, particularly cutting out sugar – and once you get past the first week or so, it is much easier.  That said, I intend to have a well earned champagne on Friday night, because I can!”

Chief Officer Joe Buffone explained “It was for a good cause, so the decision to get involved was easy.”

“The first two weeks without sugar were challenging but I did not waver. I have continued with reducing the amount of sugar I eat.

“Congratulations to all those members who joined me in taking Febfast on and raising money for YSAS.”

Project co-ordinator Noemi Rostas was so keen to give up sugar she started a week early. “It was challenging identifying the foods that I could eat”, she said, “Surprisingly I did not find it hard sticking with not eating sugar, which I have to admit I was a bit worried that I would struggle with, but I believe it went smoothly.”

“I did feel like I had more energy and I can confirm that my bowling had also improved, after the first 2 weeks had passed that is.”

Febfast raised more than $686,000 for YSAS. You can learn more about the event and the work YSAS does by visiting and

The Chief Officer has some simple advice for those interested in taking part next year, “just get in there and give it a go.”

Last Updated: 23 March 2016