STAWELL - Stawell and district residents have once again shown their generosity by digging deep for the annual Good Friday Appeal.
Coordinated each year by the Stawell Fire Brigade, members were delighted to receive support from the Stawell Football and Netball Club and the many community volunteers who turned out to collect on Good Friday.
Volunteers, this year accompanied by four fire trucks, walked the streets of Stawell collecting for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal.
They left no stone unturned as the trucks sounded the siren and volunteers shook their collection tins as they hit the streets from 9am.
As a result of the public's generosity, Stawell was able to reach an unofficial total of $31,618. The total remains unofficial, as coordinator Reg Smith said this would be likely to increase even further as more donations come in.
"We raised $28,550 in Stawell alone, which was a fantastic effort," Mr Smith said.
"We know there are still more donations coming in, so the figure is expected to keep rising. That is just what we have banked so far.
"Stawell Woolworths was able to raise an amazing $3068 this year, bringing our total to date to $31,618."
Mr Smith said this total was slightly up on last year and had resulted in a new record having been set for the collection.
"We can't thank the community enough for their continued generosity," Mr Smith said.
"Each year, members of the public continue to dig deep and support the efforts of the Fire Brigade members and other volunteer collectors."
Mr Smith said as a result of the support from the Stawell Football and Netball Club, there were a lot more volunteers collecting this year.
A hotels competition was conducted once again this year and the trophy was awarded to the Hammer and Gad, which was successful in raising $6083 for the Good Friday Appeal.
There was also the traditional Good Friday Appeal raffle and thanks to the support of Woolworths Stawell, four prizes were presented. First was won by Katie Ralph, second Fiona James, third Ryan Dunn and fourth Gary Ranton.