Kids collect for cancer to help funds

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By Alexia Johnston 

Pleasant Point youngsters have helped top up the Child Cancer Foundation’s coffers, to the tune of $280.

Lily-Ana Donaldson instigated a collection day in Pleasant Point after reading about the foundation’s need for volunteers.

The teen, who attends Geraldine High School, established the collection day on March 17 with the support of her former school, St Joseph’s Pleasant Point.

“I felt it was important to do, because we had been touched by cancer, as my nan had bowel cancer a few years ago and my mum taught a little girl called Kathleen who passed away aged 10 from cancer as well,” Lily-Ana said.

“We sat outside in the freezing cold conditions, but we stuck to our guns because we knew that what we were doing was definitely worth being cold for a little while. It feels really good to know that a day out of our busy lives would impact on somebody.”

St Joseph’s Pleasant Point pupils were among those who helped with the collection, which came to $280.

“We were blown away by everyone’s support and love.”

Lily-Ana said the group was proud of what the community has done for child cancer.

“I think everybody, from all walks of life, has been touched [by] cancer at some point, and all we are trying to do is make someone’s life easier.”

Child Cancer Foundation business development manager for the southern region Lydia Hemingway said the efforts of the children were greatly appreciated.

While big cities played a crucial role in fundraising, small communities like Pleasant Point were equally important.

“Our families [we support] come from these small communities [and] it’s giving their communities a chance to support them by supporting us,” she said.