CFA raises funds for Charlie
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.
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,...