Local CFA seeks help for Good Friday appeal

Harry, 3, and Ella, 10, with Ben Bialek, Caroline Bialek and Paul Ryan, get in shape for some serious tin rattling. Picture: Damjan Janevski

Local fireys are getting ready to rattle their collection tins for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, but they need help.

Werribee Fire Brigade first Lieutenant Darryl Wells said the brigade and its counterparts in Wyndham Vale had raised money for the appeal for more than three decades.

“Most in the community are turning their thoughts to the Easter break,” he said.

“Our thoughts and plans are turning to the appeal. We need people – families, school groups, clubs, any organisations – to help us collect money around Werribee and Wyndham Vale on Good Friday.”

Mr Wells said lunch, snacks and drinks would be provided to volunteers and buses from Werribee fire station would transport volunteers to their designated areas.

Fire appliances will accompany groups during the collection to add colour.

The volunteer brigades hope to top the $75,000 they raised last year.

“The brigades need all the support we can get to surpass last year’s total,” Mr Wells said.

He said brigade records showed that since 1977, the Werribee Fire Brigade had raised more than $900,000 for the appeal.

The Good Friday Appeal raises funds for equipment, research and education to support the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Since 1931, more than $291 million has been raised for the hospital.

To register as a volunteer for the appeal, be at Werribee Fire Station, corner of Anderson and Gibbon streets, Werribee, from 8am on Good Friday, March 25.