Cupcakes for kids with cancer

16th November 2016

Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:22 :25 ): I acknowledge an incredible community effort led by Jacinta Gomez from Morisset Park. Jacinta, whose mother, Kirsten, was a teacher at Wyee Public School, was 12 when she was diagnosed with cancer in April this year. Teachers and friends at neighbouring schools soon heard about the Gomez family's plight. Therese Blair, a teacher at Bonnells Bay Public School, and Tracie Brown, a teacher at Cooranbong Public School, came up with a fundraising campaign called Cupcakes for Kids with Cancer. They soon had all the local schools on board. The campaign gained recognition through social media, attracting sweet donations and help from local businesses and sporting clubs. Earlier this month Jacinta was able to hand over a cheque for $16,500 to the paediatric oncology ward at John Hunter Children's Hospital. It represented all the proceeds from cupcake day and will be used to make life a little easier for other youngsters battling cancer. This is a wonderful and inspirational story. I am very proud to recognise Therese, Tracie, Kirsten, Jacinta and her father, Rick, here in the New South Wales Parliament and thank them for their efforts.

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