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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good Friday Appeal - Friday April 10th 2009

Seven Melbourne is proud to telecast THE 2009 ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL, with all funds raised going towards medical equipment for the hospital and research.

Founded in 1931, THE ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL is a Victorian institution. On Friday April 10, Seven Melbourne will televise the appeal live from Etihad Stadium. In a year where Victorians and Australians have already been overly generous with their money, the appeal hopes to remind people of the hospital’s on-going commitment to Victoria’s sick kids.

Dannii Minogue: “The Royal Children’s Hospital ‘Good Friday Appeal’ has been an institution for over 78 years. Every time I visit the hospital the children's courage and spirit always inspires me and makes my heart melt. The hospital has an on-going commitment to Victoria’s sick kids and together we can try and top last year’s $12.5 million.”

Good Friday kicks off this year with Kochie, Mel and the Sunrise gang hosting their program live from Etihad Stadium and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The 2009 telecast commences at 9.30am and will feature some of Seven’s favourite faces, along with this year’s Good Friday Appeal ambassador, Jennifer Keyte. The Good Friday Appeal has contributed more than $182 million to The Royal Children’s Hospital since its inception and this year aims to add to that amount significantly. In 2008, Victorians donated a record amount of $12,482,380.

Sandy Roberts will host the morning, crossing to the plethora of events throughout Victoria, including The Werribee Mansion egg hunt and the Henley Homes/Vic Urban house auction. There will also be lots of action from the phone room where stars from Home and Away, Packed To The Rafters, City Homicide and All Saints will man the phones.

Geoff ‘Coxy’ Cox will take the reigns after midday and cross to the hundreds of brave C.F.A volunteers who have tirelessly campaigned again this year to raise generous amounts for the hospital. On the concourse, Paul Mercurio will be cooking up a storm for the many visitors at Etihad Stadium’s family fun day, whilst Mia Greves will head up the cheque presentations all afternoon.

Anthony Field, Ada Nicodemou, Angus McLaren, Tessa James and Fifi Box will get busy taking donations over the phone and participate in events to help raise money for this great cause. Over 600 volunteers manage the phone lines in the tally room between 6am and midnight on Good Friday. Hundreds of other volunteers are involved in a variety of ways throughout the day.

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