Little girl shows her big heart
Brooke rallies for cancer patients
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