Left to Right: Greg Nettleton (Chief Officer SA CFS), Rebecca Peters (Club Lotus), Lee Rolph (Club Lotus), Robert Styling AFSM OAM (CFS Foundation Board), Peter Venning (CFS Foundation): Photo Courtesy of CFS Foundation.
Following the success of Lotus 2015, and the generosity of the Charity Auction donors and participants, the CLA Lotus 2015 organising committee were pleased to be able to present a cheque for $10,000 to the event charity, the CFS Foundation.
The CFS Foundation provides vital financial support for the brave volunteer fire fighters of the CFS, and their families, should they come to harm in the line of duty. The 2014/15 bushfire season saw the funds and resources of the CFS Foundation being utilised to support a number of volunteers and their families as a result of bushfires, including for two SA CFS volunteers who were killed undertaking their community emergency service.
Rebecca Peters and Lee Rolph from CLA presented the $10,000 cheque to an appreciative Greg Nettleton, Chief Officer SA CFS and CFS Foundation board members Rob Styling AFSM OAM, and Peter Venning.
The Lotus 2015 presentation was particularly timely as the SA 2015/16 bushfire season opened up with the catastrophic Pinery Fire. Fanned by 100kmh winds across the farmlands north of Adelaide, including Mallala, the fire reached the western edge of the Barossa Valley before being brought under control. 91 homes were destroyed and 2 lives were lost in the blaze that burnt out more than 85,000 hectares
Additional funds are always required to ensure the CFS Foundation can continue to support volunteers and their families. Further details of the CFS Foundation activities and how to support them can be found at www.cfsfoundation.org.au.