The annual Good Friday Appeal has raised a record-breaking $17,109,063.22 in 2015 as Victorian’s across the state dug deep for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The remarkable result followed an all-day telethon broadcast live on Channel 7 from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre featuring some of the biggest names in television and entertainment.
This year’s record tally of $17,109,063.22 tops the impressive $16,846,396.09 donated in 2014 which was the previous record for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Good Friday Appeal Director Anne Randall said:
“Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. You’ve done a wonderful job and Victorian’s are just brilliant people, so generous and I just couldn’t have asked for a better result.”
Seven News presenter and Good Friday Appeal ambassador Jennifer Keyte said:
“What a sensation Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Victoria you have done us proud. Such generosity, so many volunteers, it’s been a spectacular day.”
Throughout the day and night, presenters and artists from Seven News, Sunrise, The Morning Show, Million Dollar Minute, My Kitchen Rules, Home and Away, Winners & Losers, Better Homes and Gardens, as well as members of Seven’s AFL commentary team, donated their time visiting children at the hospital, taking calls in the phone room and meeting thousands of people who had travelled to MCEC to join in the activities.
A ticketed Charity Gala saw some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment hit the stage as the donations continued to roll in throughout the evening.