Supporters thanked at Government House

Ahead of the 90th Good Friday Appeal, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC held a reception at Government House to celebrate 90 Years of Giving.

AHEAD of the 90th year of the Good Friday Appeal, Victorians have been thanked for their generosity in supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The contribution of the appeal in helping to fund life-saving work was acknowledged at a morning tea at Government House on Thursday.

The event was a “thank you” to volunteers, fundraisers and longterm supporters of the appeal and included speeches from Victorian Governor Linda Dessau, State Parliamentary Secretary for Health Anthony Carbines and Good Friday Appeal chairman Penny Fowler — also chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times, publisher of the Herald Sun.

The face of last year’s campaign, seven-year-old Quinnie Westwood, was also there with her mother.

Quinnie spent 100 days in the RCH after being born with kidney failure, and received a life-saving transplant at the age of two.

Despite the interruptions of the coronavirus, the 2020 appeal raised a record $18.2m — up from $18.145m the previous year. It was aided by a last-minute top-up from Premier Daniel Andrews who pledged state government money to make up the shortfall.

Over its 89 years the event has raised more than $381m to help deliver the best possible care to patients and their families at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Originally published in the Herald Sun on Thursday 19 February, 2021
Picture: David Caird

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