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Nominations open for MCG parade of honour for CFA
The MCG will be awash with the yellow of CFA members’ turnout gear ahead of the Round 4 match-up between Essendon and Geelong as the AFL collectively says ‘thank you’ for efforts to keep the community safe.
A group of 250 CFA members will be given the opportunity to march in a parade of honour around the AFL’s spiritual home as part of what the two football clubs are calling the Country Game.
The inaugural Country Game clash will be on April 16.
To be part of the march, we are offering members the chance to nominate themselves. Successful applicants will be members who demonstrate CFA Values, and have made a valuable contribution to the community. To nominate click here and fill out the form. Equal numbers of places will be offered to all regions. Nominations close Tuesday 29 March.
The brainchild of long-term Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy, the Country Game has been designed to pay tribute to the contribution of regional and rural areas to football. Country towns generally have two main community hubs – the footy/netball club and a CFA brigade. Kevin Sheedy decided that the Country Game should be an opportunity for everyone to say ‘thanks’ to CFA members for the work they do.
In addition, each member will have the opportunity to bring along one extra person who can watch the game from AFL reserve seats for the discounted cost of $25.
Also, Essendon and Geelong will auction off their Country Game jerseys, with the proceeds going towards mental health initiatives within CFA. The two clubs have also offered to support our Home Fire Safety campaign.
You can watch an interview with Kevin Sheedy about the Country Game here.
Read Lucinda Nolan’s blog here.