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Good Friday Appeal record
Thousands of CFA members have raised a record-breaking $1.6 million for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
CFA brigades were out in force across the state over the Easter period, rattling collection tins and pounding the pavement to raise funds for the appeal.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson presented the $1,637,305 cheque during Channel 7’s telethon on Friday evening.
“It’s a fantastic achievement and I thank the many CFA brigades and hardworking members who got involved to raise funds for this worthy cause,” Mr Ferguson said.
Across the state, many CFA members stood on street corners collecting donations while others took time out to visit local camping grounds and markets to raise extra funds.
“We are incredibly proud of our members who gave up their time to help raise money for appeal,” Mr Ferguson said.
“We’d also like to thank the community for their generosity and support over the Easter period.”
CFA’s very own Captain Koala was also on hand to lend his support, visiting the Royal Children's Hospital on Good Friday to make some new friends and bring smiles to some of Victoria’s sickest children.
“CFA brigades have been raising money for the appeal for more than 60 years now, with CFA collections totalling more than $23 million to date,” Mr Ferguson said.
In addition to the $1.6 raised by CFA tin shakers, members also teamed up with MFB firefighters to raise another $30,008.10 with the annual Good Friday Appeal relay held in the CBD.
CFA volunteer and relay coordinator Christine Henderson said the event was a huge success.
“It was a fantastic effort by everyone involved and we are extremely grateful to our members who, once again, gave up their time to run laps or help out on the day,” Ms Henderson said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Good Friday Appeal for many years to come,” she said.
In total, the Royal Children's Hospital 2014 Good Friday Appeal raised $16,846,396.09 . The funds will be used to buy medical equipment and to fund research projects and scholarships.