The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
CHILD OF COUR AGE
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.
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 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.
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