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Rattling good cause

COMMUNITIES across the Loddon are hoping to see local fund-raising efforts for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal return pre-COVID results tomorrow.

Leading the local charge to support the world-recognised hospital are fire brigades and hotels.

Korong Vale brigade is part of the state-wide army of fundraising volunteers for the fifth time.

Captain Ron Weston will lead his team of 15 active brigade members and other local volunteers as the town’s fire truck makes its way around the streets and to camp sites along the river.

Among the team rattling tins will be Tom Bligh and Sam Kett.

Sam, who has recently started studying for a diploma in nursing, said brigade members missed being able to doorknock last year because of COVID restrictions.

“The Good Friday appeal is a great for getting the brigade out in the community and supporting the RCH,” she said.

Tom said Korong Vale’s appeal total last year was $317, less than half the amount raised in 2019. “But this year, we’re aiming for more than $1000 and that would be a record for us,” he said.

Brigades and hotels across the Loddon are also running raffles and other fundraising activities to support the appeal, now in its 90th year.

The appeal also has its Virtual Tin Shake, introduced last year.

East Loddon P-12 College, Korong and Inglewood brigades have already set up their virtual tin shakes.

To donate online for your town visit www.virtualtinshake.com.au

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