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The annual Good Friday Attraction for the Royal Youngsters’s Hospital has raised $18.2 million after the Victorian authorities threw it a lifeline.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews introduced on Friday his authorities would make up the shortfall between what was raised this yr and final yr’s whole, which was $18 million.
The ultimate whole raised was $18.2 million, organisers stated.
“The entire is one thing all Victorians needs to be pleased with, particularly underneath such attempting circumstances,” Good Friday Attraction government director Anne Randall stated within the assertion late on Friday.
“It’s unbelievable to see the group persevering with to rally collectively – just about – and lift funds for kids in want.”
The attraction relied this yr on a “digital tin shake” instead of volunteers in public amassing in-person donations.
Earlier on Friday night Mr Andrews stated the state couldn’t watch the attraction fall brief this yr.
“The Good Friday Attraction helps the neediest children – children which are sick – and their households, yearly, and we won’t go away the youngsters brief this yr,” he informed Channel 7.
At 8pm on Friday the donation tally was at practically $7.2 million.
Donations assist the hospital care for kids like Quinnie Westwood, the face of this yr’s marketing campaign.
Quinnie was born unable to breathe and had kidney failure, earlier than present process surgical procedure at age two to get her grandfather’s kidney.
The teen is now six years outdated and regardless of the challenges confronted since beginning, together with having to take anti-rejection medicine, she makes her mother and father pleased with how far she has come.
In addition to affected person care, donations go in the direction of tools, expertise, analysis and coaching.
This yr marks the 150th yr for the Royal Youngsters’s Hospital.
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