From the Principal –
I have organised to have a contender for the Young Australian of the Year 2105, Jarrett Anthoney to address the assembly. Life changed forever when Jarrett Anthoney’s little sister Dainere was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Dainere was to survive nearly five years of debilitating treatment with severe side effects before passing away, aged 15, in 2013.
During those five years, Jarrett built skills and knowledge to help raise awareness and funds to fight the number one killer of children in Australia. Today, Jarrett is a resilient young ambassador who gives courage, hope and a voice to children and families who suffer from this terrible disease.
Making great personal sacrifices, Jarrett identifies and drives many projects to support the charity that bears his sister’s name – Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund.
In 2013, Jarrett was the top fundraiser in the 2013 Sydney City2Surf, raising $52,150 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.
With long-term commitment and vision, Jarrett is determined to make a difference, and to share Dainere’s lesson that “you have to go through a storm to get to a rainbow.”
Evatt School will follow up with a Teddy Bear fundraising day next week, where the SRC will ask for a gold coin donation to support this worthwhile cause. Students and staff can bring in their Teddy Bears.
Yesterday I had the honour of going into Evatt Primary School and talking briefly about my incredible little sister Dainere, brain tumours and my initiative of starting “Teddy Bears For Brain Tumours”-a day where students bring in there favourite teddy bear/soft toy with a gold coin donation with all money going to Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund. With Evatt Primary getting behind it, I am hoping to get many more Canberra schools supporting this also. One school may be a small start, but with persistence and hard work it will grow into many more schools and more of the much needed awareness and funds for paediatric brain tumours.