Support appeal

By Benalla Ensign

Woolworths and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal are encouraging Benalla residents to support seriously ill children across the state when they shop this Easter.

One hundred per cent of funds raised through the purchase of the tokens will help Good Friday Appeal in their ongoing efforts to help The Royal Children’s Hospital remain a world leader in paediatric care.

Customers at Woolworths Benalla can play their part by simply adding a $2 Easter egg-shaped wall token to their shop from March 14 to April1.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal helps to provide lifesaving care, ground-breaking research, technology and equipment for seriously ill children.

‘‘Over 48000 children were admitted to The Royal Children’s Hospital last year and nearly 86000 children were treated in emergency,’’ Good Friday Appeal director Anne Randall said.

‘‘That’s in addition to the 322000 children treated at the hospital’s specialist clinics.

‘‘We are so grateful for the long-term support of Woolworths team members and customers to help the hospital deliver the best possible care to patients and their families and we encourage Benalla residents to get behind the campaign.’’

Across Victoria on March 23, every store member will also be dressing up in Easter costume to assist in raising important funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital, Good Friday Appeal.

‘‘We’re proud of our long-standing partnership with Good Friday Appeal, which has raised more than $20million to date,’’ Woolworths Benalla store manager Leigh Harman said.

‘‘We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers for this great cause and we hope they once again can help children and families across Victoria.’’

Woolworths will also be involved in the Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out on March 29 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Having participated for the past five years, Woolworths will again support with fun activities for the kids, mushroom picking, a spinning wheel, apple slinkys, balloons and popcorn with a gold-coin donation.

This year Woolworths will also have a Hot Cross Bun stand selling freshly baked Hot Cross Buns.

All money raised from this day will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.