Corowa and Wahgunyah residents opened their hearts and their wallets on Good Friday to raise a whopping $33,720 in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
From loose change slotted into collection tins on either side of John Foord Bridge, the annual door knock and the fundraisers held in the lead up to the day, community members came together to contribute to the appeal’s record breaking 2017 tally.
Each year volunteers from Wahgunyah Football Club and Corowa Rutherglen Football Club, Wahgunyah Fire Brigade, NSW Fire and Rescue Station 268 Corowa, Corowa HQ Brigade, Guy Street Store, Corowa Volunteer Search and Rescue and Corowa Good Friday Appeal committee members collect throughout Corowa and Wahgunyah.
In early March the Corowa Good Friday Appeal Committee hosted their first fundraiser for the year in their annual bowls night, where they raised $1,650.
Corowa Good Friday Appeal Committee Member Tanya Bruce said she was overwhelmed by how generous everyone was with their donations.
“Each year we are so proud of what the local townships achieve and we are so thankful for each and every single donation,” Tanya said.
“We are so grateful for not only the support we receive through donations but the support we get from our volunteers on the day.
“It is a massive day from start to finish and they all work tirelessly throughout the day travelling around the towns in search of all donations, big and small.
“We couldn’t do it without them and our local appeal wouldn’t be the great success that it is each year without the continued support we receive from our communities which is just the most heart-warming part.”
Tanya said the committee would like to thank the Corowa and Wahgunyah residents who donated, as well as their volunteers.
“We would like to thank the Corowa Rutherglen and Wahgunyah footballers and netballers, Wahgunyah Fire Brigade, NSW Fire and Rescue Station 268 Corowa, Corowa HQ Brigade, VRA as well as our supporting clubs and groups that volunteered on the day,” Tanya said.
“Guy Street Store, who come on board ever year and donate $1 from every piece of fish sold, sold a record breaking 504 pieces of fish this year which is just phenomenal.
“Well done to all and we are already looking forward to next year’s appeal.”