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Supporting the Good Friday Appeal for the Kids

GSDCV Inc. Supports the R.C.H. Good Friday Appeal

The German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria Incorporated is actively involved in many community charity efforts, one of which is the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The GSDCV has proudly been involved with the Good Friday Appeal for 28 years, and has raised $412,377.90 for the RCH Good Friday Appeal !!

GSDCV’s Good Friday Efforts - the 2011 Story !
Once again the GSDCV joined in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and and supported the kids in need.  
The GSDCV collected $30,019.70 on Good Friday 2011
, which brings our total over 28 years to around $412,377.90. The total money raised this year for the Appeal was $15,156,000.00 – a new record !!!
Members and friends from Western, Eastern, Northern ,Skye and Geelong branches collected on corners throughout the Western Suburbs, having a lot of fun along the way.
After collecting we all gathered at the Flagstaff Gardens for something to eat, then strolled down to Etihad stadium, where members from Western and Eastern put on demonstration with our GSD’s  around 4 o'clock. As usual, the crowd loved the dogs, lots of info was given out and questions answered. Our dogs proved to be very very popular – who can resist a GSD?- and lots of pats and questions were sort after by the public.
Thanks to all the members who participated, and especially those who donated to such an important cause.
Next year we want to go bigger and better again, so consider helping out when the time comes!!

The 2007 Story !!! The GSDCV once again rounded up its members to get behind the great work of the Royals Children’s Hospital, by collecting for this year’s Good Friday Appeal
Not only is it great for the kids but also gives us a chance to promote our wonderful Breed to the public each year.

The GSDCV has been involved in fundraising for this event for the last 24 consecutive years. Last year we had the record for the most collected, but low and behold, Good Friday 6th April 2007 proved to be the highest record total ever collected with the magnificent amount of $28,260.15, bringing our total collected in 24 year’s to $270,138.25.

We have six designated intersections from Deer Park to North Melbourne which members and their beautiful dogs collect from. Starting at 8am to 1.30pm then we pack up and make our way to the Flagstaff Gardens where we all meet for a well earned rest, something to eat, a nice cup of coffee or a cool drink, and not forgetting our four legged companions. We then load all our collection tubs (all 200 of them) on to a vehicle, then we pose for a group photo. By now it is time to head off to the Telstra Dome. Two members head off in the vehicle with the collection tubs to unload and take them into the counting area, the rest of the group and their dogs start their walk to arrive at the dome by 3.30pm.

Once at the dome the Demo Team put on an Obedience Demonstration followed by some of the dogs performing some tricks, much to the delight of a large group of spectators.

Then we get our 20 seconds of glory on TV. And finally we find out the amount collected on the day.

Even though Western Branch originally started this event and still remain the host branch and co-ordinators, we must not forget the representatives from Bendigo Branch for making the long trip down, the Eastern Branch for adding color and humor with full bunnie outfits for 4 ladies and 2 men, and the ever supportive Northern Branch, and to all those humans and dogs that wore bunnie ears, and to those non members., and finally to the ever supportive public for giving so generously.

Our thanks must go to the co-ordinators once again, Lyn Pickering, Bernie Lester and Dom Cafari, and a Sincere Thank You to everyone that took part in making this another successful and proud event for the GSDCV.

Rudy Petrella
Western Publicity Officer