A MONUMENTAL combined effort from the local community has seen a record breaking $148,301.57 raised this year during the Give Me 5 For Kids campaign, which helps to raise funds for the GV Health Children’s Ward.
The funds were raised through a collaboration between 95.3 Triple M, Natrad, Gouge Linen & Garment Services, this year’s Mad Cow Mud Run, local resident Lisa Ladas’s plant sales, Plus Fitness, Taig Bros and other contributions from the community.
95.3 Triple M sales director, Steve Hetherington said, “The Give Me 5 For Kids campaign started 20 years ago and nationally has seen $20M raised. Locally it began in 2005 and since then there has been $925,551 raised, which is a fantastic effort.
“It has been a group effort and we all can’t imagine not doing Give Me 5 For Kids and doing what we can to support the hospital.”
GV Health Foundation CEO, Carmel Johnson said, “On behalf of GV Health and the children’s wing, I’d like to thank Triple M and all of those who have contributed.
“The local Give Me 5 For Kids campaign is the fifth most successful campaign in Australia and that’s something to be proud of.
“I’ve seen this appeal grow and to gain such support from our community for not only the children’s ward but the hospital is incredible.
“These funds will go toward purchasing additional medical equipment and upgrading the children’s ward and this makes an enormous difference to the lives of many children.”