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Special thank you next week

Nathalia's Red Balloon Day to pay tribute to town's fire brigade.

JARROD WHITTAKER February 19, 2014 4:44am

Leanne Pell is the driving force behind next week's Nathalia Red Balloon Day event.

Nathalia’s firefighters will get a special thank you when the town’s main street turns red next week.

Blake St, Nathalia shopkeepers will display red balloons to to honour the town’s fire brigade.

The event is part of National Red Balloon Day, which pays tribute to Australia’s firefighters.

The event is being organised by Nathalia Hair and Beauty owner Leanne Pell, who heard about the day on social media.

‘‘I saw it on Facebook to start with and went, ‘What a great idea’,’’ Ms Pell said.

‘‘I think it’s a fabulous day to say these are great people.’’

In addition to thanking the brigade, the day will double as a fundraiser.

Nathalia Fire Brigade recently received a new tanker, but needs a shed large enough to house it. On the day a barbecue will take place on Blake St. Ms Pell’s connection with Nathalia Fire Brigade goes back a long way, with her father serving as captain for 25 years.

‘‘Growing up in the country you understand how important the fire brigade is,’’ she said.

Schools will get involved by allowing their students to visit the barbecue.

‘‘I think the town’s going to be red,’’ Ms Pell said.

Nathalia’s National Red Balloon Day event is on Friday, February 28.

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