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Good Friday Appeal Relay Record
Victoria’s fire services are hopping with excitement after this year’s Good Friday Appeal relay raised a record $30,008.10 for the cause.
More than 75 firefighters and staff from across Melbourne and regional Victoria teamed up for the 14-hour event yesterday, Thursday 17 March, to run 186 laps of about 800 metres around the city’s busiest streets.
The relay, run by the fire services in conjunction with Uncle Bob’s Club, is now in its 5th year.
Last year the event raised more than $27,000 and participants ran 205 laps, or just over 160km. That’s the equivalent of running from the CBD to Bendigo.
Every dollar from the fundraising event is donated to the Good Friday Appeal, which goes towards purchasing life-saving equipment and funds medical research at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
CFA volunteer and relay coordinator Christine Henderson said the event demonstrated the constant support, generosity and goodwill of thousands of volunteers.
“The relay has become an Easter tradition for both fire services and is an extremely rewarding experience for everyone involved. The relay is one of the many ways that CFA and MFB support the Good Friday Appeal each year.”
“The relay is a great way to engage with the community of Melbourne and to raise money for a great cause,” relay coordinator and MFB Leading Firefighter Steve Axup said.
In addition to the relay, CFA and MFB members were also out rattling donation tins in the city, and across the state for the wider appeal.
MFB and CFA representatives, including CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, will present the total money raised during the Channel 7 telethon tonight, as part of the Uncle Bob’s Club contribution to the Good Friday Appeal.