Pa­rade sup­port helps good cause

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Milly Far­rand went to the doc­tor last March with all the symp­toms of glue ear. A few days later she and her hus­band had to tell their fam­ily and friends she had leukaemia.

“You can imag­ine; the news was a huge shock,” says the 35-year old mother of two preschool­ers. “I just didn’t know what to ex­pect.”

Even though she had been a med­i­cal writer, Milly knew lit­tle about the dis­ease and its con­se­quences. So how could she find out more?

En­ter the Leukaemia Blood Foun­da­tion (LBF).

“The doc­tors and nurses are ex­cel­lent at pro­vid­ing all the in­for­ma­tion you need but there is a lot to ab­sorb.

The LBF helped ex­plain what my di­ag­no­sis meant for me, my fam­ily and my friends. They pro­vided emo­tional sup­port and gave me prac­ti­cal ad­vice on what to ex­pect dur­ing treat­ment and re­cov­ery.”

En­tirely self-funded by do­na­tions and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity, the Leukaemia & Blood Foun­da­tion is the char­ity of choice for the Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade on Novem­ber 30.

As the pa­rade makes its way through Auck­land’s in­ner city streets, col­lec­tors will be out seek­ing do­na­tions to sup­port the LBF’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Auck­land Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade is cel­e­brat­ing its 75th an­niver­sary this year and prom­ises to be more spec­tac­u­lar than ever.

Start­ing at 2pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 30 (rain date De­cem­ber 7), the pa­rade starts at the cor­ner of May­oral Drive and Cook St and travel down May­oral Drive. It turns left into Queen St and heads all the way down to Custom St West, then left into Al­bert Street, end­ing at the cor­ner of Al­bert and Welles­ley streets.

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