Patrick the pig rolled into Cobram last Thursday.
The giant pink piggy bank was here to fundraise for the Very Special Kids Piggy Bank Appeal and was parked outside the Commonwealth Bank selling all things pink.
The charity cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional support services to families.
Volunteer Alan Hall said the main aim of Very Special Kids was to make the quality of lives better.
‘‘Most of the kids that we help aren’t expected to make it past a certain age,’’ Mr Hall said.
‘‘So it is really important to raise the money to support these kids and their families during this tough time.
‘‘I have been doing this for 10 years and I think it is just such an important thing to do and rural communities never disappoint.’’
Mr Hall said it was also a great way to educate children about the charity.
‘‘When kids see the giant big pig they get very excited and it is a great way to put the message out there,’’ he said.
‘‘Going out and selling items is how we fundraise so every September we take out our five piggy banks — Patrick, Pete, Peppy, Princess and Penelope — so we can seek donations.
‘‘We need everyone’s help to raise $1million each year to go towards our hospice and patient care.
‘‘And Victorians haven’t failed us yet — which is bloody marvellous.’’
Cobram Commonwealth Bank customer service specialist Mel Mustica said as a major sponsor they were always looking to make the piggy bank visit as big as possible.
‘‘Normally they come and can only stay for two hours but this year they stayed for six which was great,’’ she said.
‘‘It is just all about the kids so any way we can help we are always happy to do.
‘‘We got the Lions club involved with a barbecue this year with the food donated by Woolworths and various food vouchers donated by businesses from Cobram-Barooga.
‘‘We invited the Cobram and District Specialist School down for a visit as well which was fun.’’
●To donate to the Piggy Bank Appeal, text PIGGY to 0455021021.