This little piggy goes ka-ching

A huge $1,157,000 has been raised in the 2014 Piggy Bank Appeal to help families caring for children with life-threatening conditions.

Five giant piggy banks travelled 7,500 kilometres across Victoria collecting donations, with the support of 471 volunteers, 89 ALH Group venues, 283 Commonwealth Banks and numerous other businesses and organisations.

Very Special Kids CEO Sarah Hosking says the funds raised will enable Very Special Kids to continue its important work.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our corporate partners and the Victorian community for enabling us to care for more than 800 families across the state.

“While the future is uncertain for many of these families and their children, one thing they can rely on is that Very Special Kids will be there to offer respite and end-of-life care through the hospice and practical and emotional support through our Family Support Services and home volunteers, and all free-of-charge.

“It costs $6.5million per year to operate Very Special Kids. Thank you for helping us give these families that certainty,” said Sarah.

On Tuesday night a finale event for the Piggy Bank Appeal, hosted by Geoff Cox of Coxy’s Big Break, recognised the businesses, community groups and individuals that worked tirelessly throughout the month of September to raise funds for Very Special Kids.