Sunbury revs up for Good Friday appeal

Tahlia, 5, polishes the Jag in readiness for the fun day. Picture: Joe Mastroianni

Hundreds of cars ranging from vintage classics to contemporary racers will be put on show at Sunbury’s Langama Park on Good Friday to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal.

After collecting more than $8000 last year, organisers of the annual Kruze 4 Kids family fun day hope to smash the $10,000 barrier this time around.

Spokesman Brad Radclyffe says Australia’s only Transformers Camaro and a seven-foot-tall Optimus Prime will attract the attention of children, who will also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, jumping castle and face-painting for a gold coin donation.

Mr Radclyffe says the event has grown considerably since starting in 2011.

‘‘Our first event we had about 19 cars, now we’re targeting 800,’’ he said.

Having spent a lot of time in the hospital as a child with diabetes, he says the appeal is a great way to help kids affected by a range of conditions.

‘‘There’s so many charities out there, but this is probably the one cause where you can help them all,’’ he said.

Get fit for the kids

For the same cause, Gisborne’s Listen to Your Body gym, in Brantome Street, will hold a ‘‘super session’’ from 8.30am.

Members and guests will take part in a one-hour fitness class, inspired by Gisborne’s Harrison McDonald, 8, who was born with congenital heart problems and has regular tests at the hospital.

Registration is from 8.15am. Cost: $10 members; $20 non-members. Details: 5420 7727

CFA and SES collectors

As well, firefighters and SES members will hit the streets of towns including Sunbury, Gisborne, Macedon, Woodend, Romsey, Kyneton and Newham to rattle tins for the appeal.

Sunbury firefighters will be at Galaxy Land Park in Jacksons Hill, handing out Easter eggs from 1-2pm.