2019 Good Friday Appeal raises an incredible $18,175,467!

It’s been another record-breaking Good Friday Appeal, raising an outstanding $18,175,467 for The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)!

The final tally was announced late last night, following a huge day of fundraising, media, activities and special visits both at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre and at the RCH.

RCH CEO John Stanway said it was a fantastic result, and extended his thanks to everyone who helped raise the record-breaking amount.

“Every year, we are humbled by the passion and generosity of our community who come together and fundraise for our hospital – and this year is no exception,” John said.

“The strength of the Appeal undoubtedly lies in the countless individuals, groups and organisations who give up their time to fundraise for our hospital – and it is because of you that we’re able to remain at the forefront of paediatric care

“I speak on behalf of everyone at the RCH when I say we are overwhelmed by the support of our community, and I extend our sincere thanks to every single person who supported the Appeal.”

Funds raised by the Appeal will support the RCH to continue raising the bar and delivering world-leading paediatric care to children from Victoria, but also from across Australia and even globally.

Below are some of the ways funds from this year’s Appeal will support us to do this.

  • The RCH will soon become home to Australia’s first dedicated apheresis service, to enhance how we care for children with conditions such as sickle cell disease and leukaemia.
  • Purchase of new state-of-art technology in our laser unit
  • Installation of a new three dimensional, motion capture system in our gait laboratory, to better capture patient movement.
  • Undertake more ground-breaking research with our campus partners, including establishing the Australian Paediatric Cardio-Oncology Consortium to better measure and treat chemotherapy-related heart damage.

The Appeal also supports many ongoing services at the RCH including our hydrotherapy pool, the Wadja Health Clinic and the Simulation Centre.

“We couldn’t deliver the care our hospital is known for without your support, so thank you, and I hope you have a safe and happy Easter,” said John.

Check out some photos from the day below.


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