Among those who worked hard to produce a magnificent result for the Royal Children’s Hospital at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Good Friday were club manager Rod Bye, office managers Kellie Wilson and ‘Easter Bunny’ Sandy Taranto with the club’s senior vice president Bill Humphrey after a huge day of fundraising.
THE Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club can be proud of its efforts after raising over $42,000 for this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The incredible effort saw the club invited to the Channel Seven telethon at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to present the cheque to the appeal.
The club’s president Kevin Williams, committee members Wendy Ashmore and Patricia Haywood and staff member Kim Skarajew were interviewed on air by Channel Seven’s Jennifer Keyte during the evening.
At the Workmen’s Club, over 250 people joined in the fundraising day with raffles, auctions and a petting zoo for the kids.
The final figure raised by the club was $42,244.95 and was part of the record $17,109,063.22 raised by this year’s appeal.
The stellar effort was made possible through generous donations from local businesses, the hard work of volunteers and the support of the local community.
The club also donated all of its takings from the day to the appeal.
Club manager Rod Bye said it was another great day of fundraising at the club.
“The club loves supporting the day and we’ve built a great rapport with the appeal,” he said.
“It’s been handed down to each president and the last three presidents have been involved. It’s a big thing for the members and kids.
“The local businesses and people drop in donations and auction items, it’s just fantastic. We go out and collect a lot of donations but a lot of it just comes through.
“We’ve raised about half a million dollars over the years.”