As we have become accustomed to over the years, Cobram-Barooga once again showcased a wonderful Easter long weekend.
The weather was near perfect and there was plenty to do around the district, with the annual duck race at Thompsons Beach on Easter Sunday a family favourite.
The festive spirit that washed over the community was reflected in this year’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
As always, the Cobram-Barooga Kiwanis Club was fully committed to community service.
The Thursday saw the club host a barbecue outside Woolworths, followed by an evening tin shake at the supermarket.
Kiwanis members made a concerted effort in the months leading up to Easter, with raffle tickets sold outside both IGA and Woolworths.
Good Friday saw all the action hit the Cobram Fire Station, where Kiwanis members counted the collection returned by Cobram CFA and Yarroweyah CFA, as well as those who attended the station to make donations.
More than $36500 was raised in the Cobram collection area.
Area fundraising co-ordinator Mick Briody said the final total was a fantastic result.
‘‘It was a brilliant effort for a little town,’’ Mr Briody said.
‘‘We punch well above our weight with the money we raise, that’s for sure.’’
The Royal Children’s Hospital thanks the following organisations for their efforts in helping achieve such a mammoth figure.
●The Cobram Central Hotel: raised $4895 throughout the year with raffles and more. This was a truly magnificent amount from a band of dedicated organisers, collectors and patrons. Special thanks to owner Mel, who has maintained the proud tradition of the Central Hotel;
●Cobram CFA: collected $10113.55 on Good Friday, breaking its previous record;
●Yarroweyah CFA: raised $4440 on Good Friday and from tins placed in shops in its collection area; and
●Woolworths: raised $8840 during the year and on Good Friday.
Mr Briody said the whole town really did come together to play its part.
‘‘To the Cobram and Barooga businesses which allowed collection tins on their premises, we again extend our thanks. Without the support from these organisations, this collection total would not be possible,’’ he said.
‘‘On behalf of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Kiwanis Club would like to say a big thank you to all those who gave up some of their time to assist this worthy cause. Your generosity is immeasurable.’’