For almost 90 years, the Good Friday Appeal has supported the RCH to deliver the best care there is.
This year we were once again humbled by the generosity of our community, who came together and raised a record-breaking $18,175,467 for our hospital.
The final tally was announced at midnight, following a full day of fundraising, media, activities and special visits both at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre and at the RCH.
Footballers, characters and even the Easter Bunny were spotted throughout the hospital and, for the first time, the RCH Creative Studio broadcast the day live to our 109,000 Facebook followers!
RCH CEO John Stanway said it was a fantastic result, and extended his thanks to everyone who helped raise the record-breaking amount.
“Funds from the 2019 Good Friday Appeal are enabling us to install a new, three dimensional, motion capture system in our gait laboratory, to better capture patient movement,” John said.
The RCH will also become home to Australia’s first dedicated apheresis service, which will enhance how we care for patients with conditions like sickle cell disease and leukaemia, purchase new state-of-the-art technology for our laser unit and extend our Weight Management Service.
“The strength of the Appeal undoubtedly lies in the countless individuals, groups and organisations who give up their time to fundraise for our hospital, they will continue to be part of our journey, as we look for new ways to deliver Great Care, Everywhere.” John said.
Another big part of the Appeal was introducing the face of this year – four year old Ollie.
Ollie is a prosthetics patient at the RCH and the face of the 2019 Good Friday Appeal.
If you saw Ollie running around, you would think he was like any other four year old. He’s charismatic, full of life and will go exploring at any opportunity he gets.
But Ollie faces challenges every day after having the lower part of his leg amputated in 2016, when he was just 18 months old.
Ollie has a rare condition, called Fibular Hemimelia. Diagnosed in gestation, Ollie was born with his right leg missing its fibular, an ankle structure that wasn’t fully formed and only two toes. The rare condition occurs once in 40,000 births.
Ollie has been at patient at the RCH since birth, and has been cared for by many teams including prosthetics and orthotics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and surgery.
Watch a short video about Ollie’s story below and keep an eye on the intranet for photos from today’s launch event and stories about the Appeal.