One passionate family of volunteers is brightening up the Easter long weekend in Ballarat while raising money for a good cause.
Ammie and Leigh Moneghetti are calling on members of the Ballarat community to enjoy new additions to Ballarat's quiet Easter long-weekend calendar and help raise money for the Good Friday Appeal.
Entertainers from across Victoria will perform at the Variety Concert on Thursday night at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club with raffles and auction items up for grabs. Tickets are $25 and available at the door from 6pm.
Families from Ballarat and abroad are invited to the Ballarat Family Fun Day on Good Friday at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club from 11am to 3pm, featuring more than 60 market stalls, food vans, auctions, raffles, singers, dancing, kids rides, animal nursery and face painting.
Mr and Mrs Moneghetti said the aim was to raise more than $10,000 for the Good Friday Appeal at the events.
It is easy to see how many people are touched by the hospital so we do what we can.Leigh Moneghetti, fundraising event organiser
"We haven't used the Royal Children's ourselves but we had a premature baby who was seven weeks early and we used the hospitals in Melbourne to receive special care for her," Mrs Moneghetti said.
"In the last six months we had two friends who had kids at the Royal Children's Hospital for accidents or very early births," Mr Moneghetti said.
"It is easy to see how many people are touched by it so we do what we can."
Meanwhile, Ballarat Good Friday Appeal representative Ray Trounsen is busy collecting donation tins that have been set up in stores for the past year and organising volunteers for the shaker tin collection at intersections in Ballarat on Friday.
Mr Trounsen has been volunteering with the Good Friday Appeal for 28 years.
He said more than $100,000 is collecting in Ballarat for the appeal each year.
"Last year we got more than $8000 on the one intersection at Sturt Street and Gillies Street on Good Friday. This year we are aiming to bring in $10,000," he said.
The Good Friday Appeal is an annual fundraising appeal for the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.