Volunteer firefighters at the Mooroopna Fire Station have done it again, pipping their Shepparton rivals to claim bragging rights.
The annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal had the two stations go head-to-head — each aiming to raise more than the other.
Mooroopna triumphed with $32000, just ahead of the Shepparton station’s $30000.
‘‘A big thank you to the community of Mooroopna who made the day a success as it was,’’ Mooroopna volunteer firefighter and area manager Leonard Balfour said.
Mr Balfour said dozens of volunteers and other service club members door-knocked at homes and rattled tins.
‘‘Woolworths in Mooroopna also had tins on their registers and the Mooroopna Bakery sold hot cross buns,’’ he said.
‘‘Which brought the end total for the town to $42000.’’
About 150 people gathered at the Mooroopna Fire Station on Friday evening for the group’s auction with thousands more dollars raised.
‘‘The final item, the Captain’s Helmet, was hotly contested and went at a really, really good price,’’ Mr Balfour said.
Connie Young was the winning bidder, spending $1000 to hold onto the helmet for a year before it is back up for auction.
‘‘I donate every year, it’s for a beautiful cause and it helps a lot of children,’’ she said. ‘‘My nephew was at the Royal Children’s Hospital some years ago now and they were just amazing. He was in there for five weeks and had several operations.’’
Mrs Young said the helmet would sit at Youngs and Co’s Mooroopna office for the year.