Fish and Chip Luncheon at Willaura raised $19,000 on Good Friday

John Nuske sat down to enjoy his fi sh and chip lunch with granddaughter Dana. Picture: PETER PICKERING. VOLUNTEERS involved in this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura were pleased with the success of the day.

A large number of people attended, with many visitors travelling from outside the district to be part of the fundraiser. About 280 meals were served and the freshly cooked fish and chips were enjoyed by all.

This year about $19,000 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the figure comprised takings on the day and direct donations.

Good Friday morning began with several teenagers volunteering to collect donations from around the township.

The spinning wheel had everyone entertained and hopeful, and organisers were grateful to the many businesses who donated goods.

The eight trailer loads of wood were keenly contested and made good money. The committee was also appreciative of those who generously helped out by supplying the firewood.

Children enjoyed their faces being painted, the jumping castle was in high demand and the hay rides was as popular as ever.

Pony rides were also popular and made a welcome return to Good Friday.

Also fun for children was the Willaura CFA truck, and the opportunity to have a go at squirting the target.

The Grampians Vintage Car Club arrived with a number of vehicles, and the crowd was interested to see a variety of cars from an earlier era.

The raffle winners were Les Bright, Marg Peoples and Sophia Coad.

More than 60 volunteers did their bit to make the event run smoothly.

They included the ‘Set Up Crew’, chefs and their assistants, waitresses, auctioneers, face painters, spinning wheel spruikers, smartie jar organisers, ticket sellers, bar staff, Pick-A-Chick attendants, Easter Bunny companions, and cash counters.

The committee would like to thank all involved in the Appeal, including those who donated money, food, equipment, and their time, to ensure that the 2015 Willaura Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day was such a success.

See page 14 for pictures from the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Fish and Chip Luncheon and games day at Willaura.

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