Charged up to help

May 23, 2018

Paul Archer with crates of recycled batteries that will be used to raise funds for Give Me 5 For Kids.

Shepparton’s Paul Archer has continued his annual fundraising tradition for the eighth consecutive year in support of sick children at Goulburn Valley Health.

The Shepparton Natrad owner said he had dedicated his time to travelling around northern Victoria and southern NSW collecting old car batteries, recycling them and giving 100 per cent of the money raised to Give Me 5 For Kids.

Mr Archer said this year he had raised $54000 and was expecting to reach $100000 by the end of next month.

The fundraising project started as a month-long exercise in June but has since grown to 12 months.

‘‘Because this has gone nuts it’s gone all year round,’’ he said.

Mr Archer said his first year of fundraising saw $3000 donated to Give Me 5 For Kids and from there the event had continued to grow each year.

‘‘I’ll go out and I’ll end up with about two tonne each day,’’ he said.

Today Mr Archer will travel to Kyabram and surrounding areas before heading on to the Numurkah and Cobram areas later this week.

To date, Mr Archer said he had raised $383000 which had all gone towards the children’s ward at Goulburn Valley Health.

‘‘I’m hoping to get to a million. That’s my goal in the next five years,’’ he said.

Mr Archer said he was thankful to have a number of Shepparton businesses on board, supporting him in his fundraising.

If you have batteries to contribute to the battery collection initiative, you can drop them off at Natrad Radiators, 20 Campbell St, Shepparton.

Or you can phone Paul Archer on 58218500 for more information.

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