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From the CEO – CFA to take part in AFL game
Football, like CFA, is a Victorian institution and brings people together (other than Collingwood fans). Albeit a Hawthorn fan, I will be avidly watching the match between Geelong and Essendon this season.
One of the AFL’s greats, Kevin Sheedy, has come to us and invited us to partner with the Geelong and Essendon football clubs as part of the Country Game, a new initiative which pays tribute to the contribution that rural and regional areas make to football.
It’s a great opportunity. After all, for most country towns the two community hubs are the football/netball club and the CFA brigade.
The Country Game is in round 4, 16 April at the MCG. A selection of CFA members will have the opportunity to join a parade of honour around the MCG. The two football clubs will also donate the proceeds from the auction of the inaugural Country Game jerseys to CFA to support mental health initiatives.
We will also have the support of the two clubs to promote our winter fire safety campaign.
The partnership is a chance for CFA and Victorians at large to acknowledge on a national stage the great work CFA members do to keep communities safe. This is particularly apt after what has been a trying summer for our members, not only here in Victoria but also in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Essendon will provide 250 tickets for volunteers taking part in the parade as a way of saying thanks for their work in community safety. An expression of interest process for those wishing to take part will begin early next week.
More tickets at a reduced rate will be available for other CFA members to attend. It’s hoped the Country Game will become an annual AFL celebration round.
I’ll keep you informed as we continue to progress the initiative with the AFL.