Dig deep for an­nual ap­peal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Long-time fundraiser June Clis­sold has urged Wim­mera res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to again dig deep on Good Friday for the an­nual Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal.

Mrs Clis­sold has raised money for the hos­pi­tal for decades and has been the ap­peal’s Hor­sham area man­ager for the past 10 years.

She said Wim­mera peo­ple had al­ways given gen­er­ously to the ap­peal de­spite the many im­por­tant causes and or­gan­i­sa­tions in need of money.

The Hor­sham re­gion raised more than $42,000 in 2017 and $873,000 since 1973.

“I don’t have a fundrais­ing tar­get for this year, we’ll take what­ever we can get,” Mrs Clis­sold said.

“It’s such an im­por­tant cause but I know there is a lot on and peo­ple only have so much to give.”

As al­ways, Mrs Clis­sold has been busy in the lead-up to Easter, sell­ing raffle tick­ets in Wool­worths and Hor­sham Plaza.

The win­ner, who will take home a $150 Wool­worths voucher, will be drawn tomorrow.

For the past 45 years, Mrs Clis­sold has knit­ted goods – from baby clothes to chil­dren’s jumpers, toys and cush­ions – to raise money for the ap­peal.

She has six knit­ters who also con­trib­ute and the items are sold by Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Geelong aux­il­iary mem­bers.

Money from the Good Friday Ap­peal goes to equip­ment, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion to sup­port the work of Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal staff.

More than $327-mil­lion has been raised to ben­e­fit sick chil­dren since the ap­peal started in 1931.

Mrs Clis­sold said the hos­pi­tal was close to the hearts of many Wim­mera fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing her own.

“I have had four grand­chil­dren at­tend the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing three in the one fam­ily,” she said. Mrs Clis­sold will spend Friday at Hor­sham Fire Sta­tion in Hamil­ton Street, where she will over­see the count­ing.

She said mem­bers of Hor­sham, Vec­tis and Jung brigades would take to the streets of Hor­sham and dis­trict to col­lect do­na­tions. Vol­un­teers will also rat­tle tins at Hor­sham traf­fic lights.

“There will be about 16 trucks out and about but if any­one misses them or would pre­fer to come to the sta­tion, we’ll be tak­ing money there all day,” Mrs Clis­sold said.

GIVE THAT THEY MAY GROW: Good Friday Ap­peal Hor­sham area man­ager June Clis­sold has en­cour­aged Wim­mera res­i­dents to sup­port this year’s fundraiser for Mel­bourne’s Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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