By Lachlan Ellis
A local tattoo parlour has raised close to $10,000 for the RCH Good Friday Appeal, with hopes high that another fundraiser next year can crack the five figures.
Bacchus Marsh’s Disciples of Ink ran its second ‘Flash Day Fundraiser’ for this year’s Good Friday Appeal, raising a total of $9,730.85 – smashing last year’s tally of $6,846.
Around 70 people booked in for tattoos, with four tattooists working from 9 am to 8 pm to get the job done, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Disciples of Ink owner Kieran Tyrrell said it was a bit of a surprise just how many people got involved with the Flash Day, and he hopes to expand the fundraiser next year.
“We were pretty stoked. We changed things up a little bit in regards to how we ran the event, and it was crappy weather, but we had some people camping out from about 4.30 in the morning. I thought the crappy weather might have put a dampener on the day, but it turned out that people kept coming through, some even came back for seconds,” Mr Tyrrell told the Moorabool News.
“I was a little bit surprised, I didn’t know if people would be able to give as generously as they did this year. But at the same time, it seems that people really do want to get involved with helping the Good Friday Appeal out. They get something out of it, but they’re also putting their money in for the Appeal.”
Organising the Flash Day this year was a little hurried, but Mr Tyrrell hopes to get the ball rolling on organising a Flash Day for 2024 a bit earlier, and hopefully get more tattoo parlours involved.
“I reckon we will run a Flash Day again, we’ll try and do it every year. I wouldn’t mind trying to get other shops involved, maybe spread the load a bit and see what we can do in regards to raising more money. There’s only so much we can do as one shop,” he said.
“If we can get a few more involved, maybe get the Tattooist Guild involved, we could raise more money and get some shops involved in different areas.”
Mr Tyrrell thanked the community and volunteers for supporting Disciples of Ink’s Flash Day Fundraiser, and the Moorabool News for helping promote the event.