Jerilderie’s annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal ‘tin rattlers’ collected a record number of donations for this year’s charity fundraiser.
Local Appeal coordinator Gina Stonnill said the team of 20 children and their adult supervisors managed to collect an impressive $1850 going door to door in the community on Friday morning.
The record tin collection contributed to an overall appeal donation of $17,000 being made to the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital on behalf of the Jerilderie community.
Also contributing to the total was the famous Jerilderie Sports Club golf and bowls tournaments, as well as a good and services auction on Friday evening which raised $5000 alone.
Elders’ auctioneer Nick Gray took charge of the bidding.
‘‘It was a very successful day yet again, with 183 golfers and 10 teams of three for the bowls,’’ Mrs Stonnill said.
‘‘The number of golfers was definitely higher than in previous years, and they came from all over the region.
‘‘We had a bus load of people who went to boarding school with Jerilderie locals who came across, and there was also a bus load from Wodonga who are friends with locals and come here every year.
‘‘The weather was really good, too.’’
Now in its 28th year, Mrs Stonnill said the local event was started by Janelle and Peter Zampin — who now reside in Yarrawonga — whose eldest daughter was born with a heart condition and was a patient of the hospital.
She said the event has continued in support of other local families who use the facility, or may need it in the future.