The community gives five for Shepparton’s kids
Published at: 28 Jun 2019
NOW IN ITS 25TH YEAR, GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS HAS RAISED MORE THAN $25.9 MILLION FOR PAEDIATRIC WARDS OF LOCAL HOSPITALS AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH-RELATED CHARITIES ACROSS SOUTHERN CROSS AUSTEREO’S 38 REGIONAL MARKETS.
The fundraiser relies on the support and generosity of the local communities with action-packed calendars throughout June each year.
One of this year’s ambassadors Shelley Craft said she was so excited and proud to be an official ambassador for Give Me 5 For Kids.
Goulburn Valley Health Foundation director Carmel Johnson said they were incredibly appreciative of the generosity of the Goulburn Valley.
“We salute the efforts of Triple M and the radio station staff for their commitment and dedication to ensuring children who need hospital and medical services can do so.
“We are fortunate to have specialised staff and equipment so sometimes patients do not have to travel to Melbourne to receive care.”
A LENGTHY HISTORY OF GIVING FIVE
Now in its 25th year nationally, Give Me 5 For Kids began in Shepparton in 2005.
The annual fundraiser is held during June each year by Southern Cross Austereo after it began in the mid 1990s as a simple coin drive from the Central Coast region.
Each year, Give Me 5 For Kids raises funds for paediatric wards of local hospitals and children’s health-related charities across SCA’s 38 regional markets.
The fundraiser relies on the support and generosity of the local communities and so far more than $25.9 million has been raised through the initiative.
Goulburn Valley Health Foundation director Carmel Johnson said the Shepparton Give Me 5 For Kids had raised a whopping $1,086,299 since fundraising began, not including money raised this year.
Last year was the most successful year to date with an incredible $160,474 being donated to GV Health’s children’s ward and maternity unit.
It is a far cry from the total raised in 2005, which reached $11,000 – still a gallant effort for Give Me 5 For Kids Shepparton’s maiden year.
This month’s Give Me 5 For Kids calendar featured a jam-packed program of events and began with an evening with special guest David Hayes.
The Euroa-based horse trainer from Lindsay Park Racing entertained guests at the Parklake Hotel in Shepparton late last month.
According to the Triple M Facebook page, the event raised more than $6000, kicking off the month with a huge injection of funds.
“I was happy to give up some time for this fundraiser; it was a great job done by GV Health, Triple M and the Parklake,” Mr Hayes said.
“What was great was that every aspect of the event was donated by local businesses - that really is something.
“I hope the event helps Give Me 5 For Kids to reach their target for new equipment to GV Health.”
Other highlights of the month included Lisa Ladas’ popular Succulent Sale, which she said took a whole year to prepare for and Tatura icon John ‘JR’ Ryan’s 80 km cycle from Tatura to Moama.
IN EVERY CORNER OF THE COMMUNITY
Community members were given the opportunity to donate to Give Me 5 For Kids through the purchase of groceries last week.
Vouchers were handed out by volunteers at Fairley’s IGA during its Market Day.
Volunteer coordinator Karen Saccuzzo explained how the process worked.
She said the vouchers could be used when purchasing certain products, collecting points throughout the day that Fairley’s IGA converted into a monetary donation for Give Me 5 For Kids.
Volunteer Shirley Bowland said she had donated her time to GV Health for two years and it was her first time helping out at the Give Me 5 For Kids Market Day fundraiser.
She was joined by fellow volunteer Cindy Chan handing out vouchers as well as Iris Taylor who manned the raffle ticket sales with proceeds also going to Give Me 5 For Kids.