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CFA 'doing it for the kids'
Two year old Riley Twomey today kicked off the 2014 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, with a little help from CFA and our colleagues from other emergency services.
Panton Hill CFA volunteer Jenna Kelley and representatives from MFB, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria joined with Riley to encourage Victorians to dig deep for the kids.
“CFA has supported the Appeal for over sixty years and it was an honour to be able to continue this tradition,” said Jenna. “There’s nothing more satisfying and rewarding than knowing we’re doing our bit to help inspirational children like Riley.”
Riley has the blood disorder haemophilia, which means that the slightest bump or bruise could result in a life-threatening injury. He has been a patient at the Royal Children’s Hospital since he was diagnosed with haemophilia in April 2013. You’ll be seeing a lot more of him as the ‘face of’ this year’s Appeal.
“Money raised from the Good Friday Appeal goes towards helping save the lives of sick kids like Riley,” said Deborah Hallmark, the Appeal's Executive Director. “Funding research and medical equipment ensures treatment at The Royal Children’s Hospital remains world class.”
Since it was first hosted in 1931 the Appeal has raised $258 million and every penny counts. In 2013 alone the Hospital treated over 36,000 patients, performed surgery on nearly 12,000 children, had nearly 242,000 attendances at specialist clinics, and saw over 77,600 children at the emergency department.
CFA collections over 60 years have totalled more than $22 million so far. This year our brigades will be at it again, helping to raise as much as they can through activities such as tin rattling and the Two Services – One Cause relay with our MFB counterparts.
We’re also helping through our involvement in the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games. The Games will be donating a portion of funds raised from competitor registrations to the Appeal and the Opening Ceremony will take place at 3pm on Good Friday at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the new home of the Good Friday Appeal after it outgrew its old venue.
To donate or for more information on the Appeal, call 9292 1166 or visit www.goodfridayappeal.com.au
For more on the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games visit www.apandesgames.com.au