Make a splash at fundraiser

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Health Communities -

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.

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