Collecting for the kids

FROM cheap haircuts to a golf day and donating at traffic lights, there was a multitude of ways in which Warrnambool and district people supported yesterday’s Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

Youngsters Ruby and Lily O’Brien, of Warrnambool, did their bit, giving money to the Easter Bunny helper (aka Gayle Payne) at the Banyan Street traffic lights. The girls donated money they had received from the Tooth Fairy as well as some from their father.

It was another show of the support the family has given the Good Friday Appeal to repay the help the RCH gave Ruby when she was an infant.

The girls’ mother, Angela O’Brien, said Ruby, 6, had a minor procedure at the RCH on a tear duct before she was two and the family has been supporters of the Good Friday Appeal since. Motorists were generous in their contributions to the traffic light collectors, although the amount raised was still being tallied late yesterday.

Judy Conn, who co-ordinates the Good Friday Appeal collection at the Warrnambool traffic lights, said last year it raised more than $19,000.

At the A Cut Above hairdressing salon in Turner Drive in Warrnambool’s north, trade was brisk yesterday and it was the RCH that benefited.

Staff member Narelle Whitson had convinced salon owner Ros Turner to open on Good Friday and offer discounted haircuts, the proceeds going to the Good Friday Appeal.

Six hairdressers donated their time and were kept busy throughout the day with a steady stream of customers.

The day had a carnival feel with singers, a jumping castle and food stalls keeping customers entertained and fed while they waited or had their trim. The haircuts raised just under $2700 with another $1000 contributed beforehand through a raffle and donations from customers.

At Timboon, more than 25 teams of four enjoyed 14 holes of an ambrose golf event and took part in a goods and services auction.

Event spokeswoman Jodie Couch said it was the 13th time the event had been organised by a committee that operates under the umbrella of the Timboon RCH auxiliary.

This year’s event was expected to match the $24,000 raised in 2013, Ms Couch said.

The closure of the Hamilton Highway following last Saturday’s bomb blast did not deter people from attending yesterday’s Derrinallum family fun day and car display, another fund-raiser for the appeal.

Jen Gordon from the Derrinallum Progress Association said about 250 people attended the event that raised about $7000.

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