Make a splash at fundraiser
BELMONT Oasis Leisure Centre will host a fundraising Aqua Fitness class on Monday, March 2, to support research into cancers affecting children.
People are encouraged to pay $5 for the 10.30am class and all proceeds will go to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.
“All instructors on the day are volunteering their time for such a worthy cause,” promotions and events coordinator Naomi Holmes said.
“After following ‘Jimi’s Journey – A diary for Lesane Moyle’ on Facebook, I was devastated to hear of his passing.
“It brought back raw emotion from when my eldest son’s school friend died of brain cancer 12 years ago – he was the same age as Lesane.
“This led me to researching, and I was shocked to discover that brain cancer kills so many Australian chil- dren each year.” Each year, more than 625 children in Australia are diagnosed with cancer, and each week nearly three will die of cancer, she said.
“There are other colleagues who have been affected by children’s cancer – our centre manager Jason Clarke needed no convincing when I suggested holding an Aqua Fitness class fundraiser to raise money for this vital research,” she said.
“As we like to keep our fundraisers local we decided that the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation was a worthy cause as they have made great progress in their research.
“When the research laboratory was first established in 1983, seven out of 10 children diagnosed with leukaemia died. In 1998, eight out of 10 children are now cured and go on to lead normal lives,” she said.