Max’s sale for cancer
AT just eight years old, Max Birch is already making a big difference to people with cancer.
The Austin Cove Baptist College student recently donated $1210 to the Cancer Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
He raised the money by making and selling glass pendant necklaces.
His uncle Jim Donnelly, who was a patient at the hospital and recently lost his battle with cancer, inspired Max.
“In the car on the way home from holidays, I started thinking about how I could raise money that could go towards helping people with cancer,’’ Max said.
He got the idea to sell necklaces from his grandmother Kaye Donnelly.
“I told my grandma and she suggested I make jewellery with her,’’ he said.
Max sold his necklaces at school and at the markets and not surprisingly his jewellerymaking skills impressed his classmates, parents and teachers. When asked how it made him feel to donate all his hardearned cash, Max replied “very happy”.
Grandmother Kaye said she and her family were very proud of Max.
Cancer Centre nurse unit manager Nyrene Jackson was delighted to receive the donation.
“I’m amazed by Max’s compassion and kindness. The money donated by Max will go towards medical oncology research,” she said.
Max Birch with his grandma Kaye Donnelly and Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse unit manager Nyrene Jackson.