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Help for Dairy is here to assist

  • Cooma and Beaconsfield brigades
  • Lieutenant Kirk Oliver, Captain Greg Sherman Cooma CFA, Matteo Di Carlo & Paul Hayes Beaconsfield CFA

By: CFA News

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers, Partnerships

  3.27 PM 25 November, 2016

Location: District 8 News, District 22 News

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The Help for Dairy initiative is at it again, offering assistance for up to five more CFA brigades. (See news and media story here)

Many rural communities across the state are still doing it tough with the current dairy crisis. Brigades in affected communities are finding it difficult to raise funds, and may be reluctant to approach local businesses that are already affected by economic downturn.

Help for Dairy now has the potential to financially support up to five more brigades and they’re calling for you to contact them.

Help for Dairy co-founder Catherine McLeod, who comes from a dairy farming background, said the feedback from participating brigades has been overwhelming.

“We’re so pleased with the response to the Help for Dairy initiative; from both donors and recipients,” said Ms McLeod.

“We’re now in the position to assist up to five more dairy effected brigades and we’re urging any brigades who may need a helping hand to get in touch with us.

“Help for Dairy isn’t about giving you a hand out, it’s about giving you a leg up. We all understand that times can be tough but the wider CFA community is here to provide support and assistance to each other in a time of need.’

“Not only have brigades been financially assisting each other, but many have also become training partners.

“These flourishing new relationships around the state are a brilliant example of what Help for Dairy is all about.”

Pictured above are partnering brigades Cooma and Beaconsfield.

Beaconsfield CFA donated a Protec branch, 2 coupling keys and an esky for Cooma, their sister brigade earlier in November.

After they did their handover Beaconsfield CFA ran a training session on Electrical Hazards and Safety.

Help for Dairy is working closely with VFBV and District Group Officers, and is using mapping from Agriculture Victoria to identify the highest priority brigades. The initiative aims to assist up to 50 brigades across state.

If your brigade or group is interested, please contact Captain Mark Gravell; or Help for Dairy coordinator, Catherine McLeod via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Last Updated: 23 March 2017