LEAGUE CLUB RALLIES AROUND LITTLE CANCER PATIENT
MINCHINBURY Jets Junior Rugby League Club has always been a family-centred organisation, and now its members have rallied to raise money for one of their own.
Two-year-old Aaliyah Finau and her family were still grieving after her grandmother’s death in September when the toddler was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Aaliyah’s mother Emeline quit her job to become a fulltime carer for her daughter, who needs chemotherapy four days a week.
“It was devastating because my mum had just died, so I didn’t have her to go to for comfort,” Mrs Finau said.
Aaliyah’s big brothers Robert, 16, and Sefo, 15, have played for the Jets for 10 years, and the club decided to hold a fundraiser to help the Blacktown family cope with the cost of Aaliyah’s treatment.
“They are a beautiful family. They didn’t ask for anything. We’ve done this a few times for our families. We’re a very familyorientated club and we like to help when we can,” Jets senior vicepresident Karine Wyatt said.
Mrs Finau said she was grateful for the support.
“I was overwhelmed. I cried,” Mrs Finau said.
The fundraiser, which will include entertainment and stalls, will be held at Berruex Reserve, Barossa Drive, Minchinbury, on Saturday, November 5.
Those who would like to contribute can contact Ms Wyatt on 0422 402 227, and to donate visit gofundme.com/help-aaliyahfight-leukemia-2ueeszcp.
Aaliyah Finau at home with her family (from left), Robert, 16, Anna, 9, Sefo, 15, mum Emeline, dad Saia, Judy, 8, and Agnes, 13. Picture: Justin Sanson