GIVE THAT THEY MAY GROW
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.