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Viva la CFA!
Tens of thousands of people gathered at Federation Square in Melbourne on Sunday 23 March for the marquee event, the Viva Victoria festival of Cultural Diversity Week 2014, which the CFA was an official sponsor.
CFA hosted a hugely successful stall at the festival alongside MFB and spruiked its ongoing commitment to Engaging with Diverse Communities. Mr Chin Tan, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, spent time at the CFA stall and spoke with our current and prospective volunteers about the importance of CFA working alongside its multicultural communities.
Other guests to the CFA stall included Melbourne Victory striker Andrew Nabout, and AFL footballers Majak Daw and Patrick Karnezis who expressed their continued support for CFA’s engagement activities with multicultural communities.
Raj Faour, volunteer from Cranbourne, brought his turnout gear and was the star attraction of the day, often playing passenger in Hallam Fire Brigade’s wooden children's firetruck, speaking with thousands of people and thrilling the crowds with his charismatic and friendly attitude.
The day resulted in the promotion of CFA's volunteering culture, and fire safety messages to thousands of residents from different ethnic backgrounds. We received literally hundreds of requests from people from all over Victoria from various multicultural backgrounds to volunteer with CFA in both operational and non-operational roles.
The 'Bomberos for CFA' project also received lots of interest from members of the public, and continues to build momentum with over 100 people expressing support for assisting in some capacity.
Thanks to all volunteers who assisted Operational Training and Volunteerism in facilitating this event, especially Raj, Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm and Gerardo from the Chilean Consulate office, and Eliana Aldunate (CEO of Australian Multicultural Alliance) amongst others.