CFA raises funds for Char­lie

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By DAVID MIMS

CFA Dis­trict 23 oper­a­tions man­ager Stewart (sootie) Krelt­szheim walked into Mans­field on Mon­day af­ter­noon, on a day, 200km fundrais­ing mis­sion.

He is rais­ing funds for a CFA mem­ber and his fam­ily from the King Val­ley, Tony and Mer­ryn Ci­avarella, who have a very ill 18 month old son, Char­lie.

The tod­dler suf­fers from an ex­tremely rare im­mune con­di­tion called STAT 1 loss of func­tion mu­ta­tion - one of only 10 cases ever di­ag­nosed in the world.

Dad Tony is a past cap­tain of Ox­ley CFA, and the wider CFA fam­ily is now com­ing to­gether to help them in their time of need, with Sootie lead­ing the way with his fundrais­ing walk.

On Mon­day evening the Mans­field CFA Group came to­gether and held a fundrais­ing casse­role night at which around 35 peo­ple at­tended at Mans­field Fire Sta­tion.

More than $1000 was raised just on this night alone, with do­na­tions, raf­fles, and con­tri- bu­tions from a num­ber of brigades in the Mans­field group.

At 6.30am on Tues­day morn­ing Sootie headed out from Mans­field sta­tion to walk a 63km leg to Whit­field, via Tolmie, fac­ing a tough morn­ing climb up the Tolmie-Whit­field Road, then down­hill all the way into Whit­field.

Leav­ing Mans­field, he was ac­com­pa­nied by Rohan Neely, Graham Barr and David Mims, with his two dogs for com­pany.

He is to fin­ish his walk in Ox­ley to­day.

The fi­nal amount raised will be de­ter­mined later this week.

PHOTOS: David Mims

ON THE ROAD: Day two of Stewart Krelt­szheim’s 200km Walk for Char­lie fundraiser saw him ar­rive into Mans­field from Be­nalla. He is pic­tured (inset) with Mans­field Group Of­fi­cer Fred For­rest at a fun­dras­ing casse­role night at Mans­field Fire Sta­tion,...

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