Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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

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