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    TOP TEAM: Country Fire Authority volunteers Jai Smith, Captain Koala, Amber Holloway, Guy Holden and Zyggie Fraser at Halls Gap collecting for the Good Friday Appeal. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Millions raised for Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal

The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal raised $23.368 million this year with $5.261 million contributed by regional Victoria and southern New South Wales.

This year, funds from the Good Friday Appeal will also go directly to selected regional hospitals including Ballarat, Barwon, Bendigo, Goulburn Valley, Albury-Wodonga and Latrobe Valley to support new equipment and scholarships and improve the experience and outcomes of children receiving care in regional settings. 

Towns across the Wimmera and Grampians raised the following amounts: 

Ararat $40,472; Birchip $4576; Dimboola $11,607; Donald $11,960; Edenhope $2312; Goroke $4837; Harrow $2530; Hopetoun $5925; Horsham $73,188; Jeparit $2146; Kaniva $2664; Murtoa $5569; Natimuk $6725; Nhill $13,206; Pomonal $59,381; Rainbow $9163; Rupanyup $3473; St Arnaud $12,668; Stawell $35,146; Telangatuk East $17,860; Warracknabeal $29,993; Watchem $1979; and Willaura-Lake Bolac $12,867.

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Good Friday Appeal executive director Rebecca Cowan said there were incredible and inventive fundraising initiatives across the state.

“We are so thankful to the incredible communities across regional Victoria each and every year,” she said.

“Their passion and generosity never ceases to amaze us and this final tally could not have been reached without the dedicated communities across the state who have united for the kids.

“We would like to take this time to acknowledge our 210 area managers and the CFA, as well as the thousands of volunteers who were shaking tins all across the state and beyond. Your dedication is truly inspiring.”

The entire April 3, 2024 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!