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Benalla gears up for Good Friday Appeal

Residents across Benalla and district will dig deep tomorrow at numerous Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal events.

April 17, 2014 3:23am

Residents across Benalla and district will be asked to dig deep this weekend at Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal events across the region.

After raising more than $36000 last year, Benalla’s Farmers Arms Hotel is hoping to host another record-breaking Good Friday Appeal auction.

Event co-ordinator Tree Willhelme said the event started in 1989 after the publican’s daughter drank a glass of beer-line cleaner and was treated at Royal Children’s Hospital.

The event will be held on Good Friday with fish and chips available from noon.

The auction will begin at 1pm, and local band Intencity will keep guests entertained throughout the day.

Out at Tatong the Family Fun Day and Auction will provide plenty of entertainment for people of all ages.

The event has been running for more than 20 years, and was ranked eighth in Victoria for money raised per capita in 2013.

The Tatong committee will also be representing the region in Melbourne after being invited to make an official cheque presentation during the televised Good Friday Appeal.

The Family Fun Day and Auction will be held at the grounds of Tatong Tavern on Good Friday, with face painting, a jumping castle and music by Geoff McClure.

Food and drink will be available all day, as well as a gourmet barbecue and fish and chips from the Tatong Tavern.

Registration at 11.30am, Easter egg hunt at noon and auction from 1pm.

Thoona Pub will host its ninth annual seafood buffet and auction night on Good Friday.

The annual event has gone from raising about $1500 to more than $16000.

The event will begin at 6pm at Thoona Pub with all-you-can-eat seafood, auctions, raffles, a spinning wheel and entertainment from the Joe Matheson Band.

Tickets are $60 and bookings are essential; phone 57652224.

The Benalla, Tatong and Baddaginnie fire brigades will be collecting donations across Benalla from 9am on Good Friday. If residents in outlying areas do not receive a visit from collectors and wish to make a donation, they can phone Benalla fire station on 57624932.

Anybody wishing to assist with the collection can register as a volunteer Good Friday Appeal collector at Benalla Fire Brigade.

Volunteers will also be selling raffle tickets for an Easter basket, which will be drawn on Friday evening.

Since its inception in 1931, the Good Friday Appeal has raised more than $258million for the Melbourne-based specialist paediatric hospital.

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