Unmasking Paediatric Brain Cancer

Question: So what do you when you have 3 weeks in lock down, a clever Mum who is looking for something to do, a sewing machine that was rescued from a skip bin, some generously donated fabric, a global pandemic, and a charity (and family) that means the world to you?

Answer: Make about 210 reversible face masks to sell to family, friends and colleagues of course! And what a sale it was (they sold faster than lock down toilet paper..)

Why: Because before I met Dainere, I did not know (like most other people….) that brain tumours are responsible for more childhood deaths in Australia than any other disease YET it receives pittance in Government Funding for research.

As you may be aware, this pandemic has bought out the best in most of us and I am so grateful to be surrounded by those people in my part of the world. Over this last term at school, staff and students at both Black Mountain School and Campbell High School bought most of the masks.

They made a donation by using the Make a Difference link on Dainere’s Rainbow Paediatric Brain Tumour Research Fund webpage. And within seconds they had a tax-deductible donation receipt in their inbox from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

I know the kids loved seeing the many colourful and bight masks every day as much as I did, plus it is pleasing to know that are reusable and will not take 450 years to break down like the “disposable” masks.

Thank you to Mum, sister Karen, Wamboin Joyce and Bywong Sally for the fabric, the Gillespie’s, the lovely generous lady in line with me at Spotlight who insisted I take $20 towards some extra supplies, and of course the wonderful people that bought masks. Each and every one of them now know of Dainere’s Rainbow, and Dr Ziegler has a little bit more money to continue his vital research.

Super job team. x

Bron Collins – Dainere’s Rainbow Committee Member

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