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The 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will be doing it for the kids following the appointment of The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal as its Official Charity.
The Good Friday Appeal has a long and proud history with Australians continuing to donate generously to help save the lives of sick children since 1931. Money raised goes towards funding research and medical equipment to ensure treatment at The Royal Children’s Hospital remains world class.
During the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix motorsport fans will be able to donate to the Good Friday Appeal at a variety of fundraising activities.
Good Friday Appeal Executive Director, Deborah Hallmark, is thrilled the organisation has been picked as the Official Charity for the 2014 Albert Park race.
“We are always looking for new and unique ways to fundraise for the Royal Children’s Hospital. This is a great opportunity for our organisation to be part of a global event, while also engaging the local community.”
“Our strength lies in the thousands of volunteers who give their time, expertise and creativity, and we know that they will be warmly received by Grand Prix race goers,” Hallmark said.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, welcomes the Good Friday Appeal to the Grand Prix family.
“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is privileged to be working with the amazing people behind The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and we are determined to help them raise as much money as possible,” Westacott said.
“We are expecting more than 300,000 people at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, and with millions tuning in globally to the broadcast, it presents the Good Friday Appeal with a rare opportunity to reach a large scale international audience.”
Those who purchase a 2014 commemorative lapel pin for $10, in the lead-up to and at the 2014 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, will have the chance to win a hot-lap of the Albert Park circuit in the Swisse Formula 1 Two-Seater car during the 2015 event, experiencing speeds of up to 300km per hour down the main straight.
The community will also have the opportunity to give back on Thursday 13 March, at Community Day, where General Admission will be FREE. Patrons will be encouraged to make a gold coin donation to The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal at the gates.
Quick facts about the charity:
- • In 2013 the Good Friday Appeal raised a record $16,405,534.65 for the Royal Children’s Hospital thanks to hundreds of thousands of donations.
- • The funds raised in 2013 will be used to purchase medical equipment, as well as fund research and scholarships.
- • Last year, the Royal Children’s Hospital treated 36,242 inpatients, 11,833 children underwent surgery, there were 241,822 specialist clinic attendees and 77,695 children presented at the emergency department.
- • Since the Good Friday Appeal began in 1931, $258 million has been raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
For more information on the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, please visit www.goodfridayappeal.com.au