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Brigades says thanks for support


Word can travel fast and that was exactly the case when CFA’s Rowville Fire Brigade promoted its cleaning and tool drive on ABC 774.

To assist flood-affected residents across the Loddon Mallee shire, the brigade put a call out on radio for donations of mops, buckets, gloves, garbage bags, bins, gum boots, shovels and various other items.

“ABC continued to support our cause with mentions on the Richards Stubbs arvo show and on Saturday mornings with Hillary Harper,” Rowville firefighter Don Smith said.

“It started off slow as usual but picked up after mentions on the radio and we even had people donate stuff after hours like clothes, rags and beds, school books and other items which we took to the Salvos as they fell outside of what we were looking for.

“We got onto Rotary and a couple of weeks later took everything over to New Bridge in District 20.”

Don said there were many reasons his brigade decided to undertake the cleaning and tool drive.

“It was a way to make us feel we were able to contribute to the effort in clean up and recovery as were not mobilised to help physically,” he said.

“It was fun to organise and we met some very nice generous people. It was also a humble way to help people who were hit hard by the floods and in some cases multiple times.”

Don would like to say a special thank-you to Tina at Storage King Scoresby who donated a locker free of charge to store the donated goods in. He would also like to thank District 13 headquarters at Lilydale for the loan of a vehicle and trailer to transport the items to Loddon shire and of course, ABC Radio for spreading the word.

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