The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

COMMUNITYS­PIRIT

CHILD OF COUR AGE

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When her fam­ily’s car was swept off the road in rag­ing flood­wa­ters at Mun­ruben, south of Bris­bane, Kaitlin Relf, 9, showed in­cred­i­ble courage and re­flexes to save her three-yearold sis­ter Tara from drown­ing. The force of the wall of wa­ter had shunted their mother, An­drea, out of the ve­hi­cle, which be­gan sink­ing quickly. Kaitlin re­alised she had to move fast so she un­did her sis­ter’s seat­belt and grabbed Tara’s arm, pulling her out the win­dow. As the car sank, Kaitlin swam for the sur­face, push­ing Tara be­fore her. The girls bal­looned up in front of their mother, who was cling­ing to a tree. De­spite bat­tling can­cer, Bur­dekin coun­try crooner Keely John­son found time to raise $500,000 to fight the dis­ease. She has been di­ag­nosed with a rare brain tu­mour and spends much of her time re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in Bris­bane. In April, the 16year-old founded the Golden Oc­to­pus Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports on­col­ogy fam­i­lies and raises money for can­cer re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions. She started Bam­bini Gift Ser­vice to make and sell jew­ellery, do­nat­ing some prof­its to child­hood can­cer groups. Last year, cour­tesy of the Make a Wish Foun­da­tion, she recorded a song about can­cer ti­tled Turn This To Gold with her idol, coun­try su­per­star Lee Ker­naghan. All song prof­its have gone to the Make a Wish Foun­da­tion. Since she started cam­paign­ing, she’s raised about $500,000. Babinda young­ster Henry Snow­ball saved an 11-year-old boy from drown­ing by show­ing courage and com­po­sure be­yond his years. The child was trapped at the en­trance of a drain while swimming at Babinda Creek. Other chil­dren watched on in shock as Henry, 15, jumped into the creek, swam to the side of the drain to avoid the tor­rent of wa­ter and reached out for the boy, while mak­ing sure he kept him calm. Af­ter about two min­utes, he man­aged

to pull the boy free. Since his mother was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2008 and then his youngest child, Noah, was born in 2011 at 10 weeks pre­ma­ture weigh­ingw only 1090 grams, Shaune has ded­i­cated his spare time to rais­ing money for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and Mater Lit­tle Mir­a­cles. He or­gan­ises and hosts the an­nual Char­ity Golf Day, which raised more than $28,000 in 2015, and Char­ity High Tea, which this year hosted 2002 at­ten­dees. He has raised more than $200,000, which has al­lowed the Mater Lit­tle Mir­a­cles to buy state-of-theart twin Kan­med Babybeds and other equip­ment, in­clud­ing cots, hu­mid­i­fiers and 17 new Premier Re­cliner Re­cov­ery Chairs. Plus he has raised a large sum for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

KAITLINKAI­TLIN RELFRELF

KEELY JOHN­SON

HENRY SNOW­BALL

CASEY LYONS

SHAUNESHAU WATTS

Af­ter los­ing his best friend to sui­cide in 2013, Casey Lyons started a reg­is­tered char­ity, LIVIN, which aims to break down the stigma of men­tal ill­ness and of­fer sup­port for those strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues. The char­ity, which he runs with friend Sam Webb (far right with Casey), uses fash­ion and so­cial media to get peo­ple talk­ing about men­tal health. While Casey works full time as a car­pen­ter, he still finds time to pack mer­chan­dise or­ders and at­tend events and sem­i­nars most week­ends.

LYN GLOVER

Lyn Glover con­tracted po­lio when she was five years old af­ter be­ing im­mu­nised with a faulty batch of the Salk vac­ci­na­tion in 1958. Since then, she has been a driv­ing force to help oth­ers in their post po­lio con­di­tion. She started the Gold Coast Post Po­lio Net­work in 2007 with five mem­bers and now holds monthly meet­ings with 30 ac­tive mem­bers. She also vol­un­teers at the Gold Coast Hos­pi­tal, car­ries out home vis­its and is a mem­ber of Po­lio Aus­tralia, Spinal In­juries Aus­tralia, Spir­i­tus Gold Coast and is proac­tive in pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

SPON­SORED BY NINE NET­WORK QUEENS­LAND

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