MCEC sees 80,000 visitors for record breaking Good Friday Appeal

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MCEC hosted Melbourne's Good Friday Appeal.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) hosted more than 80,000 visitors last Friday for Victoria’s 91st Good Friday Appeal, which raised a record-breaking total of $22,328,154 to support The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

This year MCEC made up to 35,000 square metres of its space, including 18 exhibition bays, available to support the event it has hosted since 2014.

“It was an incredible day for the Good Friday Appeal and amazing to see so many people back at our venue for this flagship event,” said MCEC chief commercial officer Melissa Sweetland.

“This is the biggest single event we’ve hosted since the last Kids Day Out in 2019 with over 80,000 people through our doors.

“Every time we host this event we put our full support behind it with our operations, food and beverage and commercial teams all contributing.

“We love supporting the Good Friday Appeal and this year MCEC donated more than $1.7 million including waived venue hire, technology, resources, catering, and event support.”

Rebecca Cowan, executive director of the Good Friday Appeal, said they were thrilled to be back at MCEC after a two-year hiatus.

“The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was once again an exceptional host,” she said.

“To everyone who participated, whether in your small local community, donated, or tuned into the telethon, we thank you. The total is truly overwhelming and that is thanks to everyone who has come together to support the kids.”