Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre helps raise $23m for Good Friday Appeal

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MCEC helped raise $23m for the Good Friday Appeal. (Photo: MCEC Facebook)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) welcomed 102,500 Victorians to support the Good Friday Appeal, raising over $23 million for The Royal Children’s Hospital.

“This was my first Good Friday Appeal, I was so pleased to be in amongst all the activity,” said Natalie O’Brien, MCEC’s chief executive.

“The Good Friday Appeal is a major operation, taking over the entire venue. I am incredibly proud of the entire MCEC team for seamlessly delivering such a large-scale event and I was pleased to lend a hand myself in the event lead-up.

“Every single person involved has made a significant contribution to raising life-changing funds for sick kids.”

MCEC’s chefs created an interactive Ice Cream-o-Rama for the Kids Day Out, serving 1500 house-made ice creams for visitors that raised $5000 for the Appeal.

“Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has been an incredible partner of the Good Friday Appeal for almost a decade, donating countless hours and millions of dollars in waived venue hire, technology, resources, and catering,” said Rebecca Cowan, executive director of Good Friday Appeal.

“MCEC provides the invaluable space to house Kids Day Out with over 100,000 visitors, the phone room, money counting room and the all-important behind-the-scenes operations for the Good Friday Appeal.

“We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing commitment to the Good Friday Appeal to ensure sick kids and their families at The Royal Children’s Hospital receive the best medical care.”