A record breaking Good Friday Appeal

In April this year, individuals, families and businesses from across Australian came together to fundraise for the 2019 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. This record breaking day celebrated the hard working nurses, clinicians, surgeons, specialists and staff who each day save the lives of our young people. This year’s Good
Friday Appeal raised an incredible $18,175,467 including $1,424,423 raised by our Auxiliaries.

“As Victorians, we are blessed to be part of a community where everyone understands the importance of having a world class hospital so that our kids get the best possible care. The Royal Children’s Hospital is a hospital like no other. This is due to the commitment of the community who knows it makes a difference by supporting vital equipment, education, research and family centred care,” said Anne Randall, Director of the Good Friday Appeal.

Here’s how just some of the funds raised by the 2019 Good Friday Appeal are helping our patients:

  • Did you know, one-in-four Australian children are overweight or obese? This can have long term health risks impacting both them and their families. The RCH Weight Management Service is the central hub for the management of childhood obesity in Victoria, and now, thanks to the Good Friday Appeal, is expanding its reach to support even more families across the state.
  • The RCH is home to the Hugh Williamson Gait Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for the assessment and analysis of walking disorders in children. The Gait Laboratory plays a crucial role in the long term rehabilitation and care of patients across the hospital. Thanks to the Good Friday Appeal, patients will soon benefit from new upgrades across the laboratory.
  • Chemotherapy saves lives across the hospital every day, however this essential treatment can have a long-lasting impact on a patient’s heart. Thanks to the Good Friday Appeal, the Australian Paediatric Cardio-Oncology Consortium will be established at the RCH to better understand, measure and treat chemotherapy-related heart damage.