The Kids’ Cancer Project was honoured to commemorate childhood cancer awareness month on 2 September at Government House, Sydney.
As Patrons of the charity, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley hosted a morning tea to launch this significant month with some of the childhood cancer community.
Showing solidarity with children and their families affected by childhood cancer the event was attended by The Honourable Jillian Skinner NSW Minister for Health and Dr Helen Zorbas AO, CEO of Cancer Australia.
His Excellency observed that while not all present were directly affected by childhood cancer there was solidarity in the importance of research and its impact on the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.
"It is fitting that the message of this year’s Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign is we see the hero in you," commented His Excellency. "It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness for our children and turn this awareness in to action," he said.
At the conclusion of the formal speeches Mrs Hurley led everyone in an impromptu singing of ‘You are my sunshine’.
The Jier family travelled from Newcastle to attend the event with their son Isaac, aged 3 who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is now considered a survivor.
"It was great to see the warmth and commitment of support from executive levels of government, national organisations, corporates and the community fundraisers that continue to make a difference for families like ours," said Sarah Jier.
Col Reynolds OAM Founder and Director of The Kids’ Cancer Project was thrilled to be part of the launch.
"It’s so important to me and our organisation that these children and families do not feel forgotten and I extend my sincerest gratitude to His Excellency and Mrs Hurley for their hospitality in hosting our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month launch," he said.