Local fireys raise cash

IN THE MO: Biloela Fire Station 52 will be participating in Movember.
IN THE MO: Biloela Fire Station 52 will be participating in Movember. Vanessa Jarrett

YOU might notice something different about your local Biloela fireys this month, or some of them might not look any different.

This November, Biloela Fire Station, Station 52, will be participating in the Movember Foundation Australia's Movember Challenge.

The whole crew of Station 52 is getting involved by starting off clean shaven and growing a moustache throughout the month - all for a good cause in raising funds for men's health.

Station Lieutenant Craig Campbell said the challenge appealed to the crew because it was something they could do together.

"This is the first year we are doing it as a crew,” he said.

"It is a good cause and we wanted to get into the community and raise awareness of men's health.”

It was something a lot of the crew had thought about.

"We have a couple of members do it in previous years and we saw it pop up on social media and thought 'Why not',” Mr Campbell said. "When we put it to the boys they were all very keen to jump on board.

More than a dozen crew members are participating.

"Each crew member will be donating to a different cause like prostate cancer, mental health, testicular cancer and suicide prevention,” he said.

While their job as firefighters can quite serious, they are going to have some fun with it.

"We might be able to get Matt Jordan to do the handlebars,” he said. November only began on Wednesday and when The Central Telegraph spoke with the boys on Wednesday night, they had already raised an impressive amount.

"We have raised $481 already and that is day one,” Mr Campbell said.

At the time of print on Thursday morning, it had jumped up to $561 overnight.

When you donate you can chose to donate to a crew member by selecting their name and photo or the team as a whole.

Each crew member's donations goes toward Station 52's total amount.

"Some of have personal goals of $250-$300, we are just advertising on Facebook and word of mouth, hopefully we can raise a good amount of money for Men's Health," he said.


Head to Movember Australia and search Biloela Fire Station under Donate.

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