Herald Sun - Motoring - - Good Friday Appeal - ANNE RANDALL EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR GOOD FRI­DAY AP­PEAL

THE Good Fri­day Ap­peal is truly re­mark­able, and it has been an im­por­tant event on the Vic­to­rian cal­en­dar for such a long time.

Cer­tainly for me, and I’m sure for most of us, Good Fri­day has al­ways meant mak­ing a do­na­tion to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Whether we shake a tin, buy a ticket in a raf­fle, or join 28,000 other run­ners cross­ing Mel­bourne land­marks like the Bolte Bridge, we all come to­gether as a com­mu­nity to raise funds for the Good Fri­day Ap­peal.

Some of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries are of sit­ting in front of the black-and-white As­tor TV eat­ing hot cross buns watch­ing my favourite Chan­nel 7 per­son­al­i­ties and hop­ing that my home town of Shep­par­ton topped the Re­gional Board.

It’s a great tra­di­tion for Vic­to­ri­ans where the whole state — from the tini­est of towns to the heart of the city — finds a way to con­trib­ute.

And we do it gladly be­cause we all have a link to the hos­pi­tal, whether it be the treat­ment of a rel­a­tive, friend’s child or even our­selves when we were younger.

When I visit the hos­pi­tal and talk to the staff I am struck by their ded­i­ca­tion.

The funds that we raise will help fund equip­ment, re­search and train­ing.

Ev­ery­where I look at the mo­ment I see ev­i­dence of the ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eros­ity of all Vic­to­ri­ans.

Peo­ple give so freely of their time, funds and tal­ents to make sure our hos­pi­tal re­mains world class. I thank all of you.

So to­day, I en­cour­age you to con­tinue your in­volve­ment by com­ing down to the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre and join­ing in all the fun at the Kids’ Day Out, by mak­ing a do­na­tion while you watch the tele­cast at home or by join­ing in all the ac­tiv­i­ties in your lo­cal com­mu­nity.

There are so many ways that you can give that they may grow.

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