The Kyneton Ministers’ Fellowship hosted a community Thanksgiving Day at St Paul’s Park in June to thank local Country Fire Authority(CFA) volunteers. The fellowship is an ecumenical church leadership group made up of clergy and representatives from the Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Uniting Churches of Kyneton District.
Temukisa Vaeluaga, from Mia Mia-Kyneton Uniting Church, said that, in spite of wet weather, many community members took the opportunity to say thank you to the volunteers.
“It was important that the community express its gratitude to the men and women who volunteer their time and service, at personal risk, as fire fighters within the extended Kyneton district community,” Ms Vaeluaga said.
Musical entertainment, children’s activities, a books and bric-a-brac church stall, and pancakes and refreshments were enjoyed by the community.
Church leaders provided a Service of Thanksgiving, which included a presentation to Brett Magrath, the Kyneton CFA Captain, of the funds raised for distribution to brigades within the extended Kyneton district communities. More than $11,000 was raised in association with the Community Thanksgiving Day, including funds donated by The Preloved Pedlar and Sacred Heart College students.
Captain Magrath said: “Even though it was a wet day, the warmth of the Kyneton Community Thanksgiving Day, in saying thank you to us, was absolutely amazing. It is always nice to be thanked but when such a group of people can come together for just us it is remarkable.”