Victorian’s flock to MCEC for iconic Good Friday Appeal

Over 95,000 Victorians came to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the state’s 86th Good Friday Appeal (GFA), raising another record-breaking total of $17,605,662 to support The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. 

Hosting the iconic Channel 7 Telethon, Kids Day Out activities and evening Super Show, MCEC played a vital role in seamlessly delivering the large-scale event while helping to raise life-changing funds for sick kids. 

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King said GFA is a wonderful example of the role the venue plays in Melbourne that goes beyond the business events landscape, and reiterated MCEC’s commitment to supporting the local community.

MCEC’s team has spent the last six months planning for the event, with over 250 employees working during the Appeal, many whom donated their time. In the lead up to the event day, more than 300 hours of food preparation went into to feeding the tens of thousands of people across 11 food outlets.