The 2021 face of the Good Friday Appeal visited the Werribee Fire Station last week to meet with volunteer CFA firefighters.
Two-year-old Malu Hunt was joined by his brothers and parents on the visit to the station last Thursday.
The Good Friday Appeal raises funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and each year a child is selected to be the “face” of the campaign.
Malu rode the fire trucks and tested the hoses and sirens at the station.
He and his brothers were welcomed as junior firefighters for the day.
The CFA is celebrating its 70th year of supporting the Good Friday Appeal this year.
Werribee Fire Brigade in particular has been a long-time supporter of the appeal and has raised money for more than 40 years.
Werribee CFA volunteer Peter May has been the leader of the brigade’s fundraising efforts and said it was an honour to have Malu and his family visit.
“I was pretty chuffed to have the face of the appeal here,” Mr May said.
“He’s a great kid who is just a bundle of energy.
“The kids are our future, and any money that goes towards helping them grow and develop is a worthwhile investment,”
CFA acting deputy chief officer training David Maxwell said it was fantastic to see the special guest.
“Malu and his family have been through a lot and it’s great to see smiles on their faces,” Mr Maxwell said.
“Many of our brigades right across the state will be out and about in their communities on Good Friday, and I encourage everyone to dig deep and give a few dollars during this year’s appeal.”
The members did tin rattling and door knocking in a COVID-safe manner to raise funds for the appeal last week.