It’s the Good Friday / Easter long weekend again !
It is also time when Melbournians open their hearts (and wallets) and show the world what a beautiful caring society we have here in Melbourne.
The Good Friday Appeal is a proud Melbourne tradition and is held every year to raise much needed funds for equipment, research and education to support the work of The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The strength of the Good Friday Appeal lies with the thousands of people who volunteer their time, expertise and creativity to organise fundraising activities throughout the year. This includes many individuals, small business and large corporates all running their small activities in order to raise funds in the days leading up to the appeal. Together they have raised more than $258 million for the benefit of the hospital since the Good Friday Appeal began in 1931. Last year in 2013, the appeal managed to raise over $16m.
The Good Friday Appeal comprises of many events such as:
- The main event which is the telethon which is broadcast live on TV from 9am till midnight. Throughout the day, Australia’s most popular celebrities, athletes, etc will make appearances and performances to raise money. Many of them will actually man the donation hotlines. So dial in and donate ! You never know who you might get on the other line.
- Kid’s Day Out – The Melbourne Exhibition Centre will be transformed into a wonderland for kids, with Australia’s biggest roller-skating rink, Laser Strike, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital, art and play zones, kids cooking classes, music and dancing and so much more.
- The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt & Family Picnic at Werribee Park on Good Friday which is the LARGEST Easter egg hunt in Australia.
- Run For The Kids – This is a run event held on the Sunday before Good Friday. This year it attracted over 35,000 participants and raised $1.9m.
From Melbourne Ahoy, May your world be a beautiful place today and always. Have a blessed Good Friday !
Ed: This post was originally posted at the Melbourne Ahoy website - Good Friday Appeal 2014