Locals dig deep for the kids

Kyneton Fire Brigade was out in force collecting for the Good Friday Appeal around the streets of Kyneton.

Kyneton Fire Brigade was out in force collecting for the Good Friday Appeal around the streets of Kyneton.

Kyneton Lions Roley Sandilands, Lindsay Potter, Rob Scott, Dave Quarrell and Garry Nichols head to the Commonwealth Bank to deliver the district's takings.

Kyneton Lions Roley Sandilands, Lindsay Potter, Rob Scott, Dave Quarrell and Garry Nichols head to the Commonwealth Bank to deliver the district's takings.

Dressed up and ready to accept donations at the main intersection in Lancefield were (from left) Ashleigh Davies, Mark Munroe, Caroline Middenway and Linda Davies.

Dressed up and ready to accept donations at the main intersection in Lancefield were (from left) Ashleigh Davies, Mark Munroe, Caroline Middenway and Linda Davies.

Woodend Fire Brigade volunteers (top from left) Gary Hobbs, Laura Schmid, (ground from left) Ian Baxendine, Kate Daniel and Leon Muller.

Woodend Fire Brigade volunteers (top from left) Gary Hobbs, Laura Schmid, (ground from left) Ian Baxendine, Kate Daniel and Leon Muller.

The Macedon Ranges made sure it was a good Friday for seriously ill children across the state by digging deep for the annual Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Town contribution totals broke records and volunteers of all walks of life assisted as local fire brigades across the district led collections to contribute to the appeal's record $17.6 million.

Gisborne Fire Brigade smashed its record of $16,599 last year, by raising $19,111 throughout the district with the support of many volunteers and locals.

Williamson's Foodworks, Gisborne and Sunbury, further added to town's total, raising $35,000.

The Kyneton district and passers-by contributed a whopping $34,697 with various volunteers and organisations taking part in the collection.

Kyneton area manager Roley Sandilands said collections were up about $5000 on last year.

Lions Club collectors at the Mollison and High street traffic lights collected more than $8000 on Thursday and Friday.

District fire brigades put in a stellar effort with Redesdale collecting $6914, Kyneton almost $4000, Taradale $2424, Metcalfe $2085, and Tylden $1932.

Woolworths raised $3651 throughout the year and Kyneton's RSL, Tyquin's Earthmoving, Bowling Club, New Kyneton Hotel and the Malmsbury Hotel were big contributors, while the Kyneton CWA ran a raffle raising $600.

Many businesses around town returned full tins of donations collected throughout the year.

The Woodend, Newham, and Hesket-Kerrie fire brigades raised more than $13,380 which included more than $10,250 for Woodend, just over $960 for Hesket-Kerrie and more than $2160 for Newham.

Brigades were pleased to see volunteer numbers increase this year with about 70 taking part in door knocks around the district.

The McKinnon clan, 10 members collecting in Woodend, raised more than $3500. Other families included the Selbys $750, Patterson-Lades $740, Callaghans $700, Prices $630, Wilson-Annans $475 and Bowens $450.

"Unfortunately, we were not able to cover every home," said Mike Dornau, Good Friday collection coordinator and Woodend Fire Brigade 1st lieutenant.

"If we missed your house, you can drop your donation in to your local brigade on any Sunday morning. We have until May to send donations to the hospital appeal."

Lancefield appeared on the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal's tally board for the first time in some years.

Previously, donations collected in Lancefield have often ended up being included in the Uncle Bob's Club total.

"Some people queried why Lancefield has not been on the country tally board in recent years, so this year we decided it was about time to stand alone," explained Lancefield's official collection coordinator Linda Davies.

Both locals and motorists passing through the town on Good Friday helped swell the final Lancefield total to $1617.

"We hope to be able to raise even more for the annual appeal next Easter," Linda said.

Ashleigh Davies, a 25-year-old Lancefield resident who is a nurse at the busy Northern Hospital, was one of the keen collectors.

"Many families in this area have direct experience of the outstanding service provided by the Royal Children's Hospital, and we appreciate all who donated," she said.

Last Thursday, the Lancefield Op Shop donated the whole day's takings towards the town's tally.

Romsey Fire Brigade raised $10,941 and Riddells Creek Fire Brigade raised $2836, bolstered by a large fundraising collection of $4603 from the Spices and Pestle Thai restaurant.

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