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Kilmore Fire Brigade’s appeal for Good Friday

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Max Davies
Max Davies
Max is a journalist for the North Central Review. He joined the paper as a cadet journalist in 2021 and graduated from La Trobe University in 2023. He takes a keen interest in motorsport and the automotive industry.

It’s that time of year again and local fire brigades are gearing up for their Good Friday fundraising efforts on March 29.

Kilmore Fire Brigade is on the lookout for more volunteers to assist with its fundraising efforts around town.

With multiple volunteers already committed from groups including the Girl Guides, Scouts, SES, CFA, and the general community, organisers are gearing up for a day of doorknocking around Kilmore to collect donations for the Royal Children’s Hospital cause.

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Kilmore CFA member Garry Callinan said the day had historically gone well with many enthusiastic volunteers.

“A lot of people are keen and eager, it’s certainly a lot of walking and you can get weary by the afternoon, especially if it’s warm, but we haven’t had it too warm yet,” he said.

“I think because of the nature of the cause, everybody is keen and willing to put in.”

Volunteers will be ferried to different areas of Kilmore by bus, armed with maps to help guide their efforts as they collect donations.

Kilmore CFA will be the starting point on the day, where volunteers will meet before 8am and return for morning tea and lunch.

Mr Callinan said the day could be wrapped up by lunchtime depending on volunteer numbers.

“If we get enough numbers, we’ll have it all covered by lunch. That hasn’t happened yet, but it’s always the hope,” he said.

Anyone interested in volunteering on the day can contact Mr Callinan on 0430 965 205.

Wallan Fire Brigade’s fundraising will be focused on a select few locations where CFA members will post up for the day.

Volunteers will be located at the intersection of Watson Street and High Street in Wallan and the BP Truckstops on both sides of the Hume Freeway from 7am to collect donations from passing motorists.

A new addition will be the use of EFTPOS machines to provide more ways for people to donate, with all funds to be collated after 4pm.

Good Friday Appeal area manager and Wallan CFA member Jessika Monro-Lewis said she was excited for her first year in charge of the fundraising.

“We always try to get [more than] what we got last year, so I’m excited to see how we’re going to go,” she said.

“It’s a passion. I’ve been involved every year since juniors and now I’m a junior leader, so we get them involved too. They come out to the BP and help there which is always good.

“I just hope that everyone can give to the cause.”

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