Whilst he is the first to admit that in the scheme of things, the good Lord designed him for comfort, not speed, Genesis Horticultural Solutions Director Tony Bundock and three of his fire brigade colleagues are rolling up their sleeves to run in the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital - Run For The Kids event on Sunday, March 19.
But apparently, just taking a 14.5 km run isn’t challenging enough for the ‘Fab Four’, so they are repeating their previous performance from last year of completing the course in their ‘Running Fire Engine’. The fire engine itself does have a vague horticultural connection - it is built out of plastic irrigation pipe - and covered in printed shade cloth, but it still weighs a fair bit!
“We’ve always run in the event, but last year we thought we would take a different approach and run it in a Fire Engine.” said Tony. Whilst the fire engine itself doesn’t have much water-holding capacity (mostly consumed during the run!), it does have flashing blue lights and horns to alert unsuspecting runners on the course!
This year’s team will be made up of Tony Bundock, Karen Bundock (long-suffering wife of TB!), Rob Beard, and Adrian Jones. All four are volunteer firefighters with Country Fire Authority at the Narre Warren Station.
Last year they made the six o’clock news on all the local TV channels so there is a high likelihood they will do the same this year.
If you want to run with the team feel free to register for the event, or alternatively, you can help them with their $2000 fundraising target by going to: https://runforthekids.gofundraise.com.au/page/NARREWARRENFIREBRIGADERUNNINGFIR