Give to the Good Friday Appeal

From the heart of the city to the tiniest of towns, communities come together to generously support The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) through the Good Friday Appeal.

Since 1931 the Good Friday Appeal has contributed more than $400 million to support ground-breaking research, purchase lifesaving equipment, provide ongoing education and training for hospital staff and focus on family centred care.

The success of the Appeal is thanks to generous partners, supporters and each and every person who attends an event, runs a fundraiser and puts their hand in their pocket to Give for the Kids.

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This year’s Good Friday Appeal features two little ambassadors, Arlo and Aru, patients at the RCH. 

Both Arlo and Aru have been patients at the RCH since they were babies, where they both have received life-saving heart surgery and treatment from the RCH team.

Aru was born a healthy baby however, at six months of age her breathing was faster than normal. The GP suspected it could be pneumonia and Aru came to the RCH for a check-up. An initial chest X-Ray turned into all sorts of tests through the night and the next day, Aru’s parents received heartbreaking news—due to a virus attacking her heart, Aru was in end stage heart failure.

At just two years old, Arlo is sweet and social, radiating confidence and a cheeky sense of humour—by looking at him, you would never know that he was born with half a heart. With an extremely rare condition called hypoplastic right heart syndrome together with five other heart defects, Arlo’s cardiac diagnosis is described as complex, his heart didn’t fully form on the right side.

Your donations can help provide lifesaving care to children like Arlo and Aru.

Donate to the Good Friday Appeal

Arlo’s story

Read more about Arlo’s story here.

Aru’s story

Read more about Aru’s story here.