Three top ten’s in the Good Fri­day Ap­peal

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

In a mas­sive ef­fort the Bun­da­long Tav­ern and Tungamah Ho­tel have fin­ished 7th and 8th in the Good Fri­day Ap­peal top 10 ho­tel awards.

The Bun­da­long Tav­ern fin­ished in 7th place rais­ing $22,487 while the Tungamah Ho­tel fin­ished 8th rais­ing $21,340.

Another town in the Moira Shire also made it into the top ten ho­tels with Boorhaman Ho­tel round­ing out the top 10 with $16,717.

“The do­na­tions of the busi­nesses to the Good Fri­day Ap­peal, rais­ing money for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal are phe­nom­e­nal for the all round pop­u­la­tion size,” said Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Good Fri­day Ap­peal Emoke Bakacs.

The com­bined pop­u­la­tion of the towns is 600 peo­ple.

Ms Bakacs pre­sented the award to Area Man­ager for Bun­da­long Keith Allen.

“We are al­ways de­lighted with the gen­eros­ity of all Vic­to­ri­ans to the Ap­peal, but the fact that three es­tab­lish­ments in a 25km tri­an­gu­lar area made our top 10 ho­tels is amaz­ing,” she said.

Bun­da­long Area Man­ager Keith Allen said more than 1500 peo­ple at­tended a fam­ily fun day which held raf­fles and auc­tions of goods do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses as well as pony rides, dodgem cars and egg and spoon races.

The fam­ily fun day has run for three years but had the big­gest crowd and do­na­tion this year.

“It’s just op­ti­mum fun. Be­ing the Easter week­end the Mur­ray at­tracts plenty of tourists so we get plenty of new­com­ers as well as our small town res­i­dents who come down to do­nate,” Mr Allen said.

“We had many peo­ple in­volved to make it hap­pen but it’s just great to raise some money for such a worth­while cause.”

Mr Allen thanked Heather Lor­ry­man, Nicci Free­man, Daniel Fer­gus­son, Bret But­ler, Shel­ley Kerni­gan, Ker­rie Jones, Sput Lowrey, Ge­nie Fo­ord, Keith Allen and Paul Squires.

Down the road in Tungamah, the Tungamah Ho­tel area man­ager Di­ane Ford said the ho­tel ran meat tray raf­fles ev­ery Fri­day night and the grand to­tal was boosted by the com­mu­nity river boat run on Aus­tralia Day and Good Fri­day ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing auc­tions, raf­fles, yab­bie races and a car rally.

“We’re rapt that the town with only a pop­u­la­tion of 300 made it into the top 10 ho­tels for the state for the first time,” Ms Ford said.

Con­ver­sa­tion flowed at the pre­sen­ta­tion with ques­tions from Deputy Di­rec­tor Bakacs about the area as well as back and forth ques­tions about the ap­peal and the ef­forts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ms Bakacs was de­lighted that con­sid­er­ing the size and lo­ca­tion of the towns they could raise such amounts of money.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble such a small geo­graphic area made such a gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal through the Ap­peal,” she said.

“I’m thrilled the top ten ho­tels is still around, it nearly ended a few years ago and to have three towns in the same shire make it into the top ten shows why it should still run.”

Or­gan­is­ers of the Good Fri­day Ap­peal Fundrais­ers in the Moira Shire

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