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Fireys shake, rattle and run for a cause
Victorian firefighters will put their endurance to the test today in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
CFA and MFB are taking part in a relay challenge, which will see firefighters from both agencies run side-by-side on treadmills for 14 hours straight.
Relay runners are hoping to blitz last year’s efforts which saw more than $23,000 donated and 285 kilometres run.
All funds raised go towards supporting research into life-threatening illnesses and the purchase of equipment within the Royal Children’s Hospital.
CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone said firefighters were committed to helping members of the community in need.
“Saving lives and property may be our charter, but a day-long physical challenge like this really tests the endurance,” he said.
“This event has been held for the past seven years and each year we see more and more of our people lending their support.”
MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau members were looking forward to taking part in the fun event for a great cause after what has been a busy Fire Danger Period.
“Our firefighters work in some very difficult situations so it’s great we can give back to the community in a more light-hearted way,” he said.
“We hope our efforts will inspire those who come along to cheer on those taking part in the challenge to dig deep for this important cause.”
This Good Friday, CFA and MFB will be out shaking tins on streets across the state collecting donations for the Appeal.
Last year saw a combined total of more than $1.7 million raised through the relay challenge and firefighter tin rattle.
CFA’s contribution was the third highest amount for the 2015 Good Friday Appeal.
The relay challenge will take place in the Bourke Street Mall today with one runner from each agency on a treadmill continuously from 7am to 9pm.