In a massive effort the Bundalong Tavern and Tungamah Hotel have finished 7th and 8th in the Good Friday Appeal top 10 hotel awards.
The Bundalong Tavern finished in 7th place raising $22,487 while the Tungamah Hotel finished 8th raising $21,340.
Another town in the Moira Shire also made it into the top ten hotels with Boorhaman Hotel rounding out the top 10 with $16,717.
“The donations of the businesses to the Good Friday Appeal, raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital are phenomenal for the all round population size,” said Deputy Director of the Good Friday Appeal Emoke Bakacs.
The combined population of the towns is 600 people.
Ms Bakacs presented the award to Area Manager for Bundalong Keith Allen.
“We are always delighted with the generosity of all Victorians to the Appeal, but the fact that three establishments in a 25km triangular area made our top 10 hotels is amazing,” she said.
Bundalong Area Manager Keith Allen said more than 1500 people attended a family fun day which held raffles and auctions of goods donated by local businesses as well as pony rides, dodgem cars and egg and spoon races.
The family fun day has run for three years but had the biggest crowd and donation this year.
“It’s just optimum fun. Being the Easter weekend the Murray attracts plenty of tourists so we get plenty of newcomers as well as our small town residents who come down to donate,” Mr Allen said.
“We had many people involved to make it happen but it’s just great to raise some money for such a worthwhile cause.”
Mr Allen thanked Heather Lorryman, Nicci Freeman, Daniel Fergusson, Bret Butler, Shelley Kernigan, Kerrie Jones, Sput Lowrey, Genie Foord, Keith Allen and Paul Squires.
Down the road in Tungamah, the Tungamah Hotel area manager Diane Ford said the hotel ran meat tray raffles every Friday night and the grand total was boosted by the community river boat run on Australia Day and Good Friday activities including auctions, raffles, yabbie races and a car rally.
“We’re rapt that the town with only a population of 300 made it into the top 10 hotels for the state for the first time,” Ms Ford said.
Conversation flowed at the presentation with questions from Deputy Director Bakacs about the area as well as back and forth questions about the appeal and the efforts of the organisation.
Ms Bakacs was delighted that considering the size and location of the towns they could raise such amounts of money.
“It’s incredible such a small geographic area made such a generous contribution to the Royal Children’s Hospital through the Appeal,” she said.
“I’m thrilled the top ten hotels is still around, it nearly ended a few years ago and to have three towns in the same shire make it into the top ten shows why it should still run.”