FBEU Notice: Xmas food drive for charity

December 10, 2009

With the ongoing global financial crisis, poorer Australians will be facing a particularly bleak festive season this year. These forgotten people include struggling families, veterans, pensioners and the homeless. The FBEU will again launch it’s Christmas Food Drive, but we need your help.

Who are we collecting for?

Members and stations are free to choose local charities or any with which they may have an affinity. To help, the Union has put together a list of charities and organisations that help the homeless and other less fortunate groups, whose resources are particularly stretched during the festive season:
• St Vincent de Paul –
• The Salvation Army –
• The Asylum Seekers Centre –
• Cana Communities –
• House of Welcome –

What are we collecting?

This year stations are encouraged to “think outside the box” in terms of items that would make Christmas a little bit nicer. For example, international phone cards or bus tickets could help some less fortunate get in touch with loved ones.

The Union also encourages stations can pass the hat around and purchase gift cards (e.g. $20 cards for Woolies or Coles) that are very useful to many different organisation. Rather than having to take cans of baked beans home, let’s give families a fresh Christmas this year!

Furthermore, the Union suggests that stations contact their organisations directly to find out what they are in most need of at Christmas, but to help you get started, here is a list of non-perishable basic food items and toiletries that many charities accept as donations:

• tinned food – soup, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, baby food etc
• dry food – pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, biscuits
• drinks – tea, coffee, long-life milk, fruit juice
• toiletries – soap, toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste, nappies etc

When are we collecting?

We are collecting donations during December and passing them on to organisations for the homeless and needy around Christmas. There are no strict rules – some stations get members to bring donations, others even decide to democratically purchase the gift cards or goods out of syndo. Please set up a box in the mess room to collect the donations.

The “dropping off” of goods can be arranged directly by stations to their charity or through your Sub-branches. Any coordination questions should be directed to your Sub-branch Secretary (see for contact details).

Lets pitch in together to do our bit for those that really need our help and who without, will go hungry.

Darin Sullivan

Reminder – Xmas Hamper Drive

December 22, 2009

gift hugMembers who have participated in the Xmas Hamper Drive and collected donations for a local charity in their area should now be forwarding on those donations to that charity.

Alternatively, members can send all donations to their district/LSV station by the end of today, to allow for general collection and distribution tomorrow.



If you have any questions regarding the collection of donations you should contact your Sub-Branch Secretary:

Darin Sullivan
277 Stn Dapto C
0422 436 044
dsullivan@fbeu.netSenior Vice President
Travis Broadhurst
36 Stn Crows Nest D
0412 308 105 (M)

Junior Vice President
Matthew Murray
15 Stn Burwood C
0418 650 803 (M)

Central Coast Sub-Branch Secretary

Ken Smith
228 Stn Berkeley Vale C
0419 422 612 (M)

Country Sub-Branch Secretary
Timothy Anderson
412 Stn Orange C
0429 770 880

Illawarra Sub-Branch Secretary
Andy Coppin
422 Stn Warrawong D
0419 169 113

Newcastle Sub-Branch Secretary
Luke Russell
486 Stn Waratah C
0404 910 521
lrussell@fbeu.netRetained Sub-Branch Secretary
Matthew Burgess
90 Stn Menai

Senior Officers’ Sub-Branch Secretary
Terry Farley
Metropolitan South Office

Sydney North Sub-Branch Secretary
Terry Kirkpatrick
0402 967 026 (M)

Sydney North West Sub-Branch Secretary
Jason Morgan
27 Stn Parramatta C
0413 526 873

Sydney South Sub-Branch Secretary
Wesley Smith
1 Stn City of Sydney A
0413 992 110

Sydney South West Sub-Branch Secretary
Hugh Clouston
52 Stn Campsie D
0417 445 261

Donations shall be collected tomorrow and forwarded on to local charities.

Darin Sullivan


About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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