ECHUCA-MOAMA was one of the regional stars in this year’s record-breaking Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
At midnight on Friday the appeal hit $18,043,251 with the twin towns contributing $80,077 – more than twice the money raised in Shepparton and just $10,000 shy of Bendigo.
New area manager Laurie Stewart said there was still some more to come in and he was hoping to go even higher.
Mr Stewart said that would still be a little bit down on 2017, partly because new guidelines for rattling tins at intersections cut access to Ogilvie Ave and High St.
‘‘Last year that was worth about $3000 so we are hoping we can do something about that in 2019,’’ he said.
‘‘Otherwise it was an outstanding effort by all the locals who helped and as it was my first time as manager with Ken Walter retiring after 22 years in the job I was pretty happy with the outcome.
‘‘We cracked the $80,000 when Merool on the Murray added in funds from its annual twilight market and boosted its donation from $4000 to $6500.’’
Good Friday Appeal director Anne Randall said the hospital was “over the moon with excitement with the final result”.
Ms Randall said the funds raised on Friday would help sick children and their families who are under the care of the Royal Children’s.
“The total is truly overwhelming and that is thanks to the dedicated communities across Victoria and beyond, who have all come together to help us reach this phenomenal result,” Ms Randall said.
“Importantly, we would like to acknowledge those area managers in the regional areas, as well as the people within those communities, for your incredible generosity,” she said.
“From the tin rattlers to those organising the events all across the state, your support makes Good Friday such a special day for everyone.”
From tin shaking and trolley pushing to raffles and auctions, rural and regional appeal collectors raised an incredible $3.8 million while thousands of CFA collectors around the state also raised $1.6 million.
Since 1931 the Good Friday Appeal has now contributed more than $345 million to the Royal Children’s Hospital.