The Tatura community contributed more than $10000 to the Good Friday Appeal last week, raising much-needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Among the donators was 16-year-old Tatura’s Guy Ferguson who collected for the appeal by placing coins in a large whiskey bottle during the year.
Guy’s grandfather Robert Ferguson said Guy had collected the money through doing odd jobs for him.
‘‘He mows my lawns for me,’’ Mr Ferguson said.
‘‘He’s just started doing that.’’
The cause is close to Guy and his family’s heart after he was air-lifted to the RCH at just one day old.
‘‘He has only got sight in one eye,’’ Mr Ferguson said.
‘‘He was born with it.
‘‘He was going (to the RCH) fairly regularly.’’
Guy’s $141.90 collection was added to the township’s total of $10500 — collected thanks to the efforts of the CFA, Lions Club and SES.
Mr Ferguson said although the appeal received large donations, it was also the little ones that counted.
‘‘It’s such a terrific cause,’’ he said.
Lions Club member David Moreton said the total was slightly lower than last year’s fundraising efforts, however, the total amount raised had increased over recent years.
‘‘We had lots of young kids helping out with tin rattling,’’ he said.
The Tatura SES Unit was happy to report it raised $706.15 toward the township total.
The CFA was put into swift action during the appeal when it was called to a structure fire.
Member Alan Tyson said the brigade would like to thank all who gave their time and donated.
‘‘The Tatura Brigade are very proud to be involved with this worthy cause,’’ Mr Tyson said.