ECHUCA-MOAMA has again played a big role in raising money for the Good Friday Appeal.
The community raised $79,276, which was slightly below last year’s effort but still higher than many other large Victorian towns.
In total, the appeal raised a record-breaking $17.6 million this year, with all funds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Echuca’s appeal organiser Ken Walter said he was content with the final tally.
‘‘Overall it went well,’’ he said.
‘‘I was a bit apprehensive leading into the day but I was quite pleased with how it all went.’’
He said the blue skies and warm weather on Good Friday may have diverted people to different areas of town and away from the tin rattlers.
‘‘A lot of places where we normally get good money were a bit down, while some others were up,’’ he said.
‘‘I think the day was too good. While it’s good for holidays, it’s not necessarily as good for collecting money.’’
The tally enjoyed major contributions from various local businesses and community groups including Echuca fire brigades and Echuca Workers and Services Club.
Merool on the Murray injected $5000 through its Big Camp Out.
This year’s appeal was Mr Walter’s last after 22 years at the helm and, in that time, he has overseen Echuca-Moama raise $1.65 million.
‘‘As my last one, it was a worthwhile one to finish with,’’ he said.
Appeal director Anne Randall said she was overwhelmed with the community support.
‘‘Thousands of communities from across Victoria and southern NSW have come together to generously support the world class hospital that is the Royal Children’s Hospital and we sincerely want to thank each and every person who has given up their time and money to the appeal,’’ she said.
‘‘We also want to use this opportunity to specially thank all our unbelievable volunteers, tin rattlers, corporate partners, regional area managers and fundraisers for putting together another phenomenal Good Friday Appeal.’’
The appeal has raised more than $327 million to the Royal Children’s Hospital since 1931.