CFA gives to farming children


CFA gives to farming children

Caring for children: from left, Tony Brock of CFA Lilydale, Terry Hall of Inverloch and District Lions Club, Lions Zone 8 chairperson Klaus Edel, Kevin Cameron of Maroondah Group of Fire Brigades, and Inverloch Lions Robbie Hyndman and Gary McAinch welcome the CFA’s cheque to help enable 10 children of dairy farmers to attend the Lions’ Licola Wilderness Village.


FIRE brigades from the Yarra Valley have raised funds to help the children of dairy farmers.

Firefighters from the Maroondah group of fire brigades, along with Lilydale Fire Brigade, were recently hosted at Inverloch by Inverloch and District Lions Club to inspect a food collection warehouse run as part of Lions’ Need4Feed program.

They were most impressed with the operation and then inspected the Inverloch dairy farm of Mick and Paula Hughes to learn about farm life. The firefighters were impressed by the attitude and resilience of local dairy farmers and families.

The visitors enjoyed a barbecue at Gary and Jill McAinch’s property, joined by Inverloch Lions Club members and partners, Terry and Lois Hall, Robbie Hyndman and M’lissa and Klaus Edel.

“This dedicated group decided they would like to assist our dairy farmers, hit with adverse milk prices and on the suggestion of William Watson of Wonthaggi CFA, they opted to raise funds rather than collect groceries for hampers,” Mr Edel said.

“Their rationale was that the forgotten ones in this scenario may be the children of dairy farmers. To that end they have raised the funds required to send 10 children aged eight to 12 to the Licola Wilderness Village north of Heyfield for one week during the April 2018 school holidays.”

Licola Wilderness Village is an adventure camp located on the Macalister River, and offers such activities as mountain biking, mini golf, abseiling, archery, bouldering, campfire, canoeing, a climbing tower, disc golf, flying fox and high ropes.

All meals are prepared and served in the 250 seat mess hall staffed by volunteers.

The township of Licola is owned entirely by Lions Clubs of Victoria and Southern New South Wales. The township generates its own power, pumps and treats its own water, and is responsible for its waste management.

It can accommodate up 270 children in 16 houses, each with toilets and shower facilities.


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