Mildura Weekly : Friday May 15 2015 Vol 9 No 27
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 • From Page 9 “Personally dad has a lot of experi- ence in firefighting, especially wildfires and bush-fires, and he has a steadier head on his shoulders than I do,” Jarrod said. “It’s nice to have someone who has been there and done it before, and who I can go to for in- formation or advice. “It’s a career that I would certainly rec- ommend... no one seems to know a lot about the CFA in terms of career staff, so it’s good to be able to share my experiences with people interested in joining.” Rob said having his son “on the job” had also helped lift the enthusiasm levels of some of the older staff – including himself. “The enthusiasm that Jarrod’s age group brings to the station is something we all em- brace, and you use that to rise to new levels,” he said. “I know that as long as I maintain a level of physical fitness it means we can do the job together.” Rob said that one of the best things about the CFA was the fact that the group was the main support agency for all other emergency service groups. “SES, ambulance, police – we’re always the first port of call to offer support,” he said. “The work of our volunteers is also vi- tal, and in most cases it’s the CFA that makes things safer for those other organisations.” The CFA is in the process of recruiting career firefighters to its ranks, and is calling on fit, active men and women from all cul- tural backgrounds to apply. An information session will be held at the Mildura Fire Sta- tion tonight, with more information avail- able by visiting cfa.vic.gov.au/career. Serving the community, family style ON the eve of the 2015 Red Shield Appeal, the Salvation Army has doc- umented one person’s success story as an example of how the iconic or- ganisation can turn someone’s life around for the better. This year’s appeal, to last throughout May, was launched at Mildura Red Cross headquarters on Monday by Member for Mildura Peter Crisp, and Mildura Mayor Cr Glenn Milne. The Salvation Army’s Graham Moyle said an example of how the Salvos could have a life-changing impact on people was in the case of ‘Daniel,’ a Mildura man who fell into depression and drug use after a workplace accident that left him with a brain injury. “Daniel was finding it hard to gain employment, which put huge pressure on his family finances,” Captain Moyle said. “Under con- stant stress to provide for his family, Daniel would fly into anger when things didn’t go his way. “About two years ago he came to the Salvos in Mildura to ask for some help with food. After hearing his story, our staff invited him to pop in to our centre a couple of days a week to do some odd jobs. “It was discovered he was trade qualified, and so we began to give him projects to build. While work- ing alongside our counsellors, Dan- iel was able to tell his story in a non-threatening way, and slowly his mood changed for the better. “Now he drives our delivery truck, builds and repairs items, and is a found- ing member of our community shed project. We even trust him with the keys to our building. “When people donate to us they invest in the lives of people like Daniel, and give them the capacity to make a better life for themselves.” Captain Moyle said that locally, the Salvation Army helps around 2500 people a year. • Continued Page 12 Annual Red Shield Appeal kicks off, and... Salvos happy to be making a difference • TIN MEN: Rattling the tin to kick off the Red Shield Appeal are Member for Mildura Peter Crisp, left, Mildura Mayor Cr Glenn Milne, right, and the Salvation Army’s Graham Moyle and Graham Stanley.
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