THEIR association with Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital ranges from just seven, to more than 40 years and their reasons for that connection vary greatly.
But for five girls in Casterton, their individual commitments to the hospital’s annual fundraising appeal and ‘rattling the tins’ on Good Friday, are equally as strong.
Helen Lucas has seen several transformations of the Royal Children’s and the Good Friday Appeal and, despite not having used the hospital for 13 years, is still one of the mainstays of the appeal in Casterton.
Since her first visit, in 1966, three of Helen’s children used the hospital’s services and she said she could not retire from the appeal, even if she wanted to.
“The hospital was like a second home to (son, Martin),” she said.
“What is now the old hospital was fairly new back then; we were lucky to have it so close to us and to have those services and facilities.”
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, April 9, 2014