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Cancer-strick cousin her inspiration

Shepparton Christian College Year 9 student Aimee Stanyer had a personal motivation to start fundraising for Ronald McDonald House.

SIONNIE KELLY August 30, 2014 5:12am

Keen to help: Shepparton Christian College Year 9 student Aimee Stayner has started a fundraising initiative for the Ronald McDonald House.


Shepparton Christian College Year 9 student Aimee Stanyer was inspired to start a fundraising initiative at her school to help support sick children, after visiting her nine-year-old cousin at Melbourne Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House offers accommodation to families with sick children who need to visit The Royal Children’s Hospital, but have to travel long distances or need to stay for extended periods of time.

Aimee, 14, appealed this week to the school community to donate items such as food, kitchenware, toothbrushes and toothpaste, long-life milk, and juice packs.

The fundraising week went from Monday to yesterday and Aimee said she was exicted to be able to help support sick children and their families.

‘‘In January, my cousin was diagnosed with cancer, he had brain tumours,’’ she said.

‘‘When we went to visit him, we all noticed that the families were struggling that were there.

‘‘One little girl who I kind of befriended had only a pack of pasta in the cupboard and that’s all and other kids weren’t real happy, they really didn’t have much to do.’’

Aimee had been working on her fundraising initiative since the beginning of the year and hoped it would make a real difference to the children staying at Ronald McDonald House.

‘‘I think it will really help them out,’’ she said.

‘‘(It will) put a smile on the kids’ faces and help the parents out who are probably already stressed as it is with their children being sick.’’

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