Alex has stolen Adelaide's heart. On 12 PM Friday, February 23rd, we managed to Make Alex's Day by making him the Best Firefighter Ever at the Haigh's Building, Beehive Corner at the corner of Rundle Mall and King William St.
You can follow Alex's story here below:
Here's the quick version:
But to see it all, here's the long version.
We first learnt about Alex and his family here, and immediately, Adelaide opened its heart...
Jodie & Soda got Alex and his Dad Phill into the studio to meet them. SQUEE!
Alex told Soda about going to the Fire Station, and you can see the gears start turning in Sodas head...
Here are two examples of Adelaide's Generosity after hearing Alex's Story.
We learnt that Alex has received some great news after a recent
Soda called his old workmates at the MFS to see what they can do to help, which they were bang up
Meanwhile, Soda's just enjoying having a mate to hang out with...
Lord Mayor Martin Haese got in touch to say he would help us get a location in Rundle Mall.
Jodie & Soda rang the Deputy Fire Chief, a man affectionately referred to as "Mango"
We heard from
Haighs came on board to let us use their store on Beehive Corner in Rundle Mall. AND THEN, the whole thing threatened to come crashing down as the MFS told us they weren't authorised to shut down the city as this isn't a real emergency. Ironically, making this a REAL EMERGENCY for Jodie & Soda.
CEO of Childhood Cancer Association, Cath O'Loughlin and Stu Brown from Bartons Chartered Accountants came in for a special announcement and huge $15 000
And after vowing to stay on
Today Tonight's Rosanna Mangiarelli called in to let us know they were doing a story on Alex!
And here's the story they did.
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens called to let Jodie & Soda know SAPOL would be there, lights and sirens blazing!
Travis Boak from Port Power and Tom Lynch from The Adelaide Crows both came in to get all footy fans along on Friday.
LHD make the uniforms for the MFS - and now they've made 2 for Alex and his sister Jenny!
Alex's Mum shows Jodie & Soda the heartbreakingly-long string of beads that represent all the medical procedures Alex has had to undergo
Vision-impaired singer Rachael Leahcar has some advice for Alex on his big day.
Leader of the SA Best part gets behind Alex's #BestFirefighterEver
The Big Day
Here are some great pics
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Amazing Generosity By our FOTS
The outpouring of love from our gorgeous Friends Of The Show has blown us away. Here are some of our listeners who have graciously offered to help Alex's family make sure his day gets made long after he's been the Best Firefighter Ever!
Build A Bear
2 x $100 Build A Bear Vouchers
1 x family pass Adelaide Zoo
1 x family pass to feed Giraffe
1 x special behind the scenes experience with Kids Zoo animals for Alex
1 x family pass to Inflatable World Morphett Vale for 2 hours
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Prize will be tailored to Alex and his family
Party Poni's Mt Barker
1 x Party Poni's Experience
Sarah Hardaker Photography
1 x Family Photoshoot
Platinum Restaurants Services
McCracken Country Club
2 x night stay for the family
Royal Adelaide Show
1 x Family Value Pack to Royal Adelaide Show 2018
entry 2 adults 2 children, food & drink 4 people, 2 x $10 Showbags, $40 of BankSA Discount Ride Coupons, All day parking
Oak Tree Truffles
1 x Lolly & Chocolate Goodie Box
Holiday House in Stansbury if Alex’s family want to holiday
Horse ride with her horse Pippa or help get in contact with Riding for the Disabled and organise for Alex
Her hobby is scrapbooking and would love to make some great fireman style cutouts for Alex's bedroom; they are layered paper so he can touch and feel the textures on his walls
Owns his own catering company and hire equipment and would like to organise a fully-catered party for the family and friends of Alex including a jumping castle & popcorn machine.
The Mayfair Hotel
1 x Nights Stay at the Mayfair Hotel for Alex's family
Stella Restaurant in Henley
1 x free dinner for Alex and his family
Ivy & Bean The Musical at Bakehouse Theatre
1 x entry for Alex and his family
The Hindley Bar and Grill
Donating digital billboard on Hindley Street on top of the venue that can be seen as you come over the Morphett street bridge
Donating $150 voucher for the family
Childhood cancer association's wishlist:
If you or your business would like to donate to the Childhood Cancer Association, they have a wish list for things they need to fit out the properties they provide to rural families who need to come to Adelaide for treatment. Simple things you might have lying around- bed linen, furniture, white goods and kitchenware.
You can find the wishlist here: Download Wishlist