Many people have asked me why I've chosen to hold our upcoming Gala Dinner for The Childhood Cancer Association, so I thought I’d put it all down for you to have a little read.
I grew up in an extremely tight-knit, supportive community who are responsible for helping get me to where I am today. Those who grow up in small country towns know how special it is to have so many incredible people around you giving you opportunities and wanting to help in anyway they can to see you achieve your dreams. In fact, a lot of the very same people who supported me through my journey are attending our Gala Dinner in a week’s time, which just goes to show the special community of Clare has never stopped supporting me, even though I’ve had to move away. I’m privileged to have grown up surrounded by so many wonderful, generous people. For me, it was never a question of whether I’d give back to the community, it was just trying to figure out how to give back in the best way I could.
The Childhood Cancer Association immediately came to mind as a charity that encompasses the community spirit I grew up surrounded by. Every child diagnosed with cancer is immediately surrounded by one of the most supportive communities they can be with the Childhood Cancer Association. I think this is one of the most special things that can be given to anyone going through such a hard time. To feel loved, comforted, supported and safe, that’s something the Childhood Cancer Association provides families with, and that’s something I was given as a child.
The Childhood Cancer Association is a local Adelaide charity that relies solely on donations to run and provide the services that it does. On average, 60 South Australian children are newly diagnosed with cancer each year, and 10 sadly lose their battle. As someone who works so closely with children, I couldn’t possibly fathom a family being in the position where they’ve been told their child’s illness is terminal. Since the age of 12, I dreamed of being a doctor and making a difference. I struggle to believe that some children don’t even reach this age to make those goals for themselves. We take it for granted all the time that we’ll all grow up, have a job, buy a house, travel, have a family of our own, and the reality is, many children won’t get to dream about any of these things. The Childhood Cancer Association provides vital support to these children and their families.
I’m so thankful to have such a huge community of support behind me as our upcoming Gala Dinner approaches. Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped out so far. All of our efforts are going to help keep the wonderful Childhood Cancer Association community providing the incredible services and support they do.