RFS get in the pink to support the Cancer Council
FIREFIGHTERS in Wyrallah and Tullera will be wearing pink this week in a bid to help extinguish cancer.
Wyrallah Rural Fire Service captain Steve Garbutt and Tullera RFS captain John Hildebrand said they came up with the idea for the Cancer Council pink T-shirt promotion after seeing their South Australian counterparts supporting the cause.
"There was a crew of us that went over to South Australia earlier in the year to give the local firefighters over there a rest from the Flinders Ranges fires," captain Garbutt said.
"We noticed a couple of guys over there had a pink shirt with the local South Australian RFS badge on it and a Cancer Council logo.
"We thought we might pursue this when we get back home and that's when it all started."
For both captain Garbutt and Hildebrand, raising funds for the Cancer Council is a cause that is close to home.
"My wife had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma a couple of years ago. She's in remission now," captain Garbutt said.
"And my counterpart from Tullera, some of his family have been touched by cancer.
"There's not too many people in the Rural Fire Service who haven't been affected by it in some way or another so we just thought this would be a great thing."
The bright pink shirts have both the Cancer Council and RFS logos on the front, and the words "RFS Fireys helping to extinguish cancer" on the back, and have been approved for the crews to wear.
The official pink shirt launch was held at the Wyrallah Rural Fire Brigade station yesterday afternoon.