Sweet tang of success

The team from Aspire Childcare Cranbourne West hard at work on the barbecue.

By Danielle Kutchel

A seven-year-old Cranbourne boy has raised over $1000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Lochie hosted an old-fashioned lemonade stand outside his house on Saturday 27 March to raise funds for the hospital.

Lochie was inspired to help the hospital – where he is a regular visitor for his symbrachydactyly – after watching a YouTube clip of a child holding a lemonade stall fundraiser.

The day saw market stalls, kids’ entertainment, a sausage sizzle, a visit from the fire brigade and more alongside Lochie’s lemonade, sugar cookies and lollies.

A raffle and bingo-style fundraiser were also held on the day.

Altogether Lochie raised $1014.65 for the Royal Children’s Hospital – and he’s not done yet, with a few more numbers to be sold at the time of going to print.

Now he and his mother Clare are preparing for a big day on Friday 2 April, when they’ll present the funds in the form of a cheque on live television to the Good Friday Appeal.

“I wasn’t expecting to earn anywhere near that much,” Clare said.

She and Lochie have lost track of how many cups of lemonade they served on the day – but off the back of this success, they plan to hold the lemonade stand annually on the Saturday before Good Friday.

“This is something people can look forward to each year, knowing their money is going to a good cause and supporting the hospital,” she said.

Visit Loch’s Lemonade Stand on Facebook for more information.