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Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group fundraiser
The Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group is having its annual fundraiser this October and the team want you to 'leave your hat on' and help raise money for the important work they do in the local community.
But, I hear you ask, what is the Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group? The DRFG was formed around the time of the Ash Wednesday fires when it was noticed that there was a lot of wasted food and health concerns around the feeding of firefighters and other emergency services personnel on the fireground.
Today, the DRFG is made up of around 70 members from 15 brigades in the Dandenong Ranges Group who are on-call 24/7 to feed hungry and tired emergency workers when the need arises. They own a trailer that contains all of their gear, a barbecue, utensils, fold out tables and a drinks machine. They don't store any food - everything is purchased when needed so firefighters are given a fresh meal every time.
During the Black Saturday fires the DRFG worked non stop for five weeks feeding tired and hungry firefighters. Most recently in March this year, they were called at 3am to feed 50 people at a factory fire in Rowville. Sarah (the group coordinator) quickly organised everyone and headed to Ferntree Gully Woolworths (which is open 24 hours) while other members collected the trailer from Macclesfield Fire Station. They met on the fireground and hungry firefighters were being fed within 90 minutes from when the feeding group was called. They were called back later that day to feed 25 people at lunch time. Quite a remarkable effort from the team.
Every year the DRFG hold a themed fundraiser dance at Ferny Creek, this year the theme is 'hats' with the best hat winning a great prize. There will also be an auction, door prizes, games, raffles and a wonderful meal. The 2 course dinner is on Saturday October 14th (see the flyer attached)
The fundraiser has always been exclusively for CFA members and their families, but this year the event is open to the whole community so please invite your friends and family along to this great event.
CFA is running a series of stories about the different ways brigades fundraise. To see these stories click on the links below.