Lit­tle girl shows her big heart

Brooke ral­lies for can­cer pa­tients

Penrith Press - - NEWS - Kurt Gar­doll

BROOKE Jones isn’t even in high school yet, but she’s al­ready raised over $40,000 for Ne­pean’s Can­cer Care Cen­tre.

“I came in to drop some files off with mum and dad, and I saw all the sick peo­ple. I wanted to help them.”

That was four years ago, when she was seven. On Thurs­day, Brooke, a Sur­vey­ors Creek Pub­lic School stu­dent, do­nated $13,728 to the Can­cer Cen­tre.

“Her first goal (when she was seven) was to raise $300. She ended that year with over $7000,” said proud fa­ther Gary Jones.

“We hope to hit $50,000 to­tal dona­tions by the end of the year.”

Brooke’s char­ity work is be­ing recog­nised all over, win­ning the Lind­say’s Young Woman of the Year award last month.

Mother Amanda Jones bat­tled through stage 2 Hodgkin’s lym­phoma 10 years ago, with the Ne­pean Hospi­tal staff caring for her dur­ing the tough pe­riod.

“The hospi­tal is world­class, but the staff are the best. They gave me back my wife,” Mr Jones said.

The fam­ily do every­thing they can to give back to the hospi­tal and help peo­ple suf­fer­ing in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

“The hospi­tal is the key to our com­mu­nity. We need it,” Mr Jones said.

Later this year Brooke’s Car Rally will take place for it’s fifth year. Each car is given ques­tions and se­cret clues as to where they must drive, and the rally ends at a se­cret lo­ca­tion.

Brooke Jones, 11, with her mother Amanda and (in­set) Brooke, then aged 8, with a $7000 cheque she pre­sented to Dr John Ta­per. Main pic­ture: Justin San­son

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