It was more than 30 years ago that Jenny Wood's nephew received care at the Royal Children's for leukaemia, but every time the annual appeal for the hospital comes around, it's fresh in her memory.
"He was down at the Royal Children's Hospital for quite some time and my sister stayed at Ronald McDonald house while he was there," she said.
"We went down to see him and it was amazing even then the technology they had.
"He's fit and well now, and has two children."
The Wodonga woman also sees how many young people from the region benefit from the hospital in her administration role at Albury-Wodonga Health, where she has worked for 35 years and counting.
"It makes the Good Friday Appeal personal," she said.
Hundreds of Border volunteers from groups including NSW RFS, NSW Fire and Rescue, CFA, Scouts and Lions and Rotary clubs rattled tins today.
Good Friday Appeal co-ordinator Alex Todd said the tally on Friday afternoon south of the border was $88,675.
Albury Civic fire brigade captain John Vandeven said the tally for their efforts was $67,000 with more expected to come through.
Last year's tally was 175,000.
The overall tally for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal could reach the $10 million mark by the time donation lines close at midnight.
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