Sad losses spur Renae to help others
RENAE Court is someone who has lived through more than her fair share of tough times.
The Hammond Park resident was just nine years old when her mother died of breast cancer.
Last year her family were rocked again after the death of her father following a six-year fight with stomach cancer.
She said losing her father was extremely hard because he played such an important role after the death of her mum and kept her strong when times were tough.
“No one should have to go through what we have twice in their life,” she said.
“It just seemed so unfair. My dad was the one person I could always turn to when I needed to cry about my mum. He would constantly remind us what a beautiful person our mum was and how proud she would have been of us all.”
Ms Court has taken part in the HBF Run for a Reason for a number of years in honour of her mum, to help raise money for the Cancer Council and help other families going through the same experience.
She was set to hang up the joggers but the death of her dad spurred her on to run again, with friends and family coming together to form Alfie’s Angels. Together they raised more than $17,300. “It’s so important to get behind these types of fundraising events,” she said.
“Charities need all the help and support they can get so they can help people who are struggling with illnesses. Every cent counts and could help change someone’s life.”
Tarshia Bott will use her winnings to travel the world.