AFL club thanks CFA

Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Alana Chris­tensen

A Sun­day af­ter­noon at the footy took on spe­cial mean­ing for a dozen CFA vol­un­teers, who were hosted at the MCG by Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club as the team took on the Bris­bane Lions on Au­gust 20.

Or­gan­ised by 20-year-old De­mons mid­fielder Clay­ton Oliver, the day was in­tended to cel­e­brate the CFA vol­un­teers who of­fer their time to the com­mu­nity.

Hav­ing spent a num­ber of years help­ing out on the Harm­ers’ farm dur­ing har­vest sea­son, Mr Oliver recog­nised the work of the lo­cal CFA vol­un­teers and set about or­gan­is­ing the day.

Cos­grove Pine Lodge CFA cap­tain Ross Harmer la­belled it ‘‘a great ini­tia­tive’’.

‘‘(Clay­ton) could see what the vol­un­teer side and the mate­ship meant to us when he spent har­vest time with us,’’ Mr Harmer said.

‘‘He would hear the pagers go­ing off and saw that we were al­ways on call and really got a chance to see what we stand for.

‘‘They (foot­ballers) sup­port each other just like we do.

‘‘Some­times we see things we don’t really want to see and have to do things we don’t really want to do and when those things hap­pen it’s good to know you’ve got the guy next to you.

‘‘So it’s so im­por­tant to have these ex­pe­ri­ences as a group that can al­low us to bond to­gether.’’

CFA Dis­trict 22 op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Travis Har­ris echoed Mr Harmer’s com­ments and said these events did not hap­pen ‘‘nearly enough’’.

‘‘It really dis­plays the sense of com­mu­nity, and in the brigade trust­ing each other is so im­por­tant and for the group to or­gan­ise it off their own bat is great to see,’’ Mr Har­ris said.

‘‘You can’t play footy by your­self and you cer­tainly can’t run a brigade and do it all by your­self ei­ther.’’

Team­mates . . . Cos­grove Pine Lodge CFA’s Dar­ren Cook, Peter Jef­fery, Ross Harmer and Greg Reynold­son with Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club mid­fielder Clay­ton Oliver (cen­tre).

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