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Parliament of WA Goes Gold!

We are so thrilled to see the Parliament of Western Australia helping to raise awareness for childhood cancer research by choosing to Go Gold in September.

Premier Mark McGowan and other Western Australian politicians have been proudly wearing our gold ribbons, a global symbol of childhood cancer awareness, to help spread the word about the need for more research.

Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Member for the East Metropolitan Region and CLCRF member, also made a heartfelt speech in Parliament at the beginning of the month encouraging everyone to Go Gold.

This is a matter that is very close to Matthew’s heart, with his son Mitchell being diagnosed with Carney-Stratakis Dyad in July 2015 when he was just 10 years old. Matthew and his wife have since been advocating to raise awareness for the plight of all families who are affected by the terrible disease

“[Thank you] to those like the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation for doing what they can to support those searching for cures and treatment,” said Matthew. “We are fortunate that we have public and community funded organisations that dedicate resources to researching cures for childhood cancers. This is largely the reason we have seen such significant improvements.”

We would like to send a big thank you to Matthew for acknowledging the Foundation in his parliamentary speech. We would also like to thank all the other members of the Parliament of Western Australia who have been wearing our gold ribbons in support of childhood cancer awareness. It’s great to see those in positions of power doing what they can to support such an important cause in the community.

In Australia, 710 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Sadly, of these children, 100 lose their battle with the disease. The only way to eliminate childhood cancer and improve treatment is through research, which can only continue when there is awareness to help with the funding.

If you would like to Go Gold to help us spread the word for childhood cancer research, you can contact our office to purchase gold ribbons or sunflower seeds. You can also raise awareness by entering our Facebook competition, purchasing a limited-edition Gold Tote bag from Field & Feather or buying a ticket to our Family Night Out!

 

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Harper Goes Gold for CLCRF

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a special little girl has decided to Go Gold for CLCRF by making and selling bracelets at her school.

6-year-old Harper was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2016 when she was just 2 and half years old. Harper has now been in remission for just over a year and is doing her bit to help other little warriors fighting the horrible disease.

On Friday 6 September, Harper sold her bracelets at a market set up at her school and had tremendous success! Her $2 bracelets sold out within half an hour and she was able to raise $290 for the Foundation.

A testament to her enthusiasm and dedication, Harper then went on to make more bracelets after her triumph at the school markets, bringing the total amount raised to an incredible $470!

“She has from the get-go put 100% into making these bracelets and her school, Star of the Sea Rockingham, have gone above and beyond to support her,” said Harper’s mum Kris.

Harper gave the bracelets a special personal touch by naming each of them after a child from the 3B/1A ward at Perth Children’s Hospital. Each bracelet had a name, diagnosis and age attached to it, offering a great talking point at the school market.

The decision to raise funds for CLCRF through the bracelets stemmed from an overwhelming desire to share the kindness and support that Harper has received throughout her life.

“People around us have always been so generous and supportive with their time and money when it comes to Harper,” said Kris. Most recently at a work gala dinner, a silent-auction bidder kindly gave Harper a gold pearl they won after hearing how much she loved it. “She was so happy she cried and we knew we had to pay it forward.”

“With September coming up, I suggested CLCRF as it has been a charity we support and look up to. It was also a good way to talk to Harper about her diagnosis as she had limited knowledge due to her age.”

We would like to thank Harper and her family for choosing to Go Gold for CLCRF and raising money for childhood cancer research. We are so proud and grateful for Harper’s amazing efforts!

Are you doing something special to Go Gold in September? We would love to hear about it!