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Determined juniors rally for raffle
Six weeks, 2500 tickets, $12,500 raised. This was a mighty effort by the newly-formed Kinglake West Junior Fire Brigade, who went out to local markets in rain, hail or shine with the goal of raising enough funds to kick-start and establish their program.
The fundraising drive - carried out with the aid of willing senior members - certainly exceeded all expectations, with the raffle declared a complete sell out.
Three local businesses contributed to the prize, a specially made 6x4 heavy duty trailer painted ‘fire engine red' and loaded with redgum firewood and accessories.
The raffle is just one way that the newly formed junior brigade has already hit the ground running, according to Travis Griffith, a parent of two children in the program.
“We’re well underway with the program and development of a competition team which goes along with the strong focus on fitness, teamwork and participation,” he said.
“At the moment we have seven members - a mixture of boys and girls - and they are learning about the CFA, brigade vehicles and equipment, communications, map reading, fire extinguishers, fire identification, use of pumps and hose work.
“The CFA's junior program is a great option for kids who want to get involved and enjoy the teamwork aspect. They are very keen and have already demonstrated real commitment through the raffle – there were a lot of early starts!
“I’ve been with CFA for about 28 years and I started as a junior myself, so I'm very pleased now to see my kids as members of the junior brigade.
“We want to thank the senior members for all their help and enthusiasm in getting behind us – it makes a huge difference,” Travis said.
The Kinglake West Junior Fire Brigade meets on Monday nights from 7-8.30pm, is a free program for all involved, with uniforms and equipment supplied.
Members also participate in specialty nights, excursions and day trips in addition to operations-related activities.