Willaura community raises $18,000 for children’s hospital

Easter Bunny with James Laidlaw and his daughter Laura.

Easter Bunny with James Laidlaw and his daughter Laura.

WILLAURA - The many volunteers involved with the 2014 Royal Children's Hospital Appeal at Willaura were pleased with the success of the luncheon and games day with $18,000 raised for the appeal.

Large numbers of people attended, with many visitors travelling from outside the district to be part of the fundraiser. Approximately 250 meals were served and the freshly cooked fish and chips were enjoyed by all.

The morning began with a number of teenagers volunteering to collect donations from around the township.

The spinning wheel had everyone entertained and hopeful, and organisers were grateful to the many businesses which donated goods for it. As usual the wood was keenly contested, with the numerous trailer/ute loads making good money. The committee was grateful to those who generously helped out by supplying the firewood.

Children enjoyed their faces being painted, the jumping castle was in demand and the hay rides as popular as ever.

The raffle winner was Liam Price, who was happy to share the very large hamper with his family there on the day.

Over 60 volunteers did their bit to make the event run smoothly. They included the 'set up crew', chefs and their assistants, waitresses, auctioneers, face painters, spinning wheel spruikers, smartie jar organisers, ticket sellers, bar staff, Pick a Chick attendants, Easter Bunny companions and cash counters.

Approximately $18,000 was raised for the Children's Hospital, which comprised takings on the day and direct donations.

The committee would like to thank all involved in the appeal, including those who donated money, food, equipment, and their time, to ensure that 2014 was such a success.


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