Of all the fundraisers for worthy institutions and charities — there could be none more deserving than the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Founded in 1931, the appeal has raised almost $300 million for the hospital with last year’s total of $17.6 million a record amount.
It is supported every year by businesses, clubs, and schools across Victoria from cities to small country towns and by individuals such as Shepparton Fire Brigade area manager Anthony Deith and Shepparton volunteer firefighter Sue Bennett.
The longevity and passion that drives the annual appeal rests on its status as a non-political, non-denominational organisation that exists solely to financially support The Royal Children’s Hospital.
It is no wonder that thousands of volunteers offer their time every year to help the doctors and technicians at the Royal Children’s deliver their vital services.
Country people in particular hold the Royal Children’s Hospital in high esteem as a place where life-saving expertise can be accessed and troubled families supported.
This week and tomorrow volunteers will be rattling collection tins, selling raffle tickets and collecting donations at traffic intersections, shops and wherever there might be people passing through.
In our increasingly cashless society, we urge everyone to travel prepared with loose change in a pocket or purse.
A visit to an ATM or a cash withdrawal at a purchase point in advance would help us all greet the tin rattlers with a smile and a donation.
The evidence of the good work that the appeal supports is all around us — with stories such as those in our newspaper a reminder of the human value of all our donations.
As Mr Deith so eloquently reminds us:
‘‘It is giving money so that the next generation can be healthy.’’
Apart from tipping coins into collection tins on the streets and in shops, you can also donate at www.goodfridayappeal.com.au