Shepparton breaks fundraising records for Anzac Appeal

After last year's COVID-19 lockdowns cancelled the Anzac Appeal, Shepparton has bounced back better than ever, breaking records with this year's fundraising haul.

Across the Goulburn Valley, almost $65,000 was raised through this year's Anzac Appeal to support veterans.

Additionally, numerous organisations have raised money to be donated directly to the Shepparton RSL for local veteran welfare.

Through an Anzac Day raffle of donated prizes, sponsored by Kreskas Bros Transport, Shepparton RSL welfare officers Bruce and Sandy Davis raised more than $3000.

Fryers Street Food Store raised more than $500 from its sales of Anzac biscuits.

And Lifestyle Shepparton collected $1528 through its art sales.

“It's a great contribution, and shows great support,” Shepparton RSL president Bob Wilkie said.

“The money will go towards the welfare of our veterans, including financial support and activities.

“This money is really needed after last year's appeal. We didn't get anything last year, so this is very much appreciated.”

Mr Wilkie said this record figure would not have been possible without the RSL's army of volunteers, who manned fundraising stalls throughout the city in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

“We had several new volunteers this year, which helped us a lot,” he said.

Handing over their fundraising cheque on Thursday, Lifestyle Shepparton's Marcia Greig and Pauline Pritchett said it was an honour to support local veterans.

“It's a debt we can never repay,” Ms Greig said.

“We want to ensure we're doing things to support the community outside our Lifestyle community.”