Colouring the Ayr fountain gold for childhood cancer awareness

Liquid gold will flow through the Ayr CBD fountain this month, as Burdekin Shire Council joins with the Golden Octopus Foundation to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Golden Octopus Foundation founder and Burdekin teenager Keely Johnson helped Council to colour the water in the fountain gold today in support of the Gold September campaign.

Cr McLaughlin said gold was chosen as the colour for children’s cancer in recognition of their strength, courage, and resiliency. “Keely has an incurable bone marrow cancer that caused a tumour in her brain, but she doesn’t let this stop her,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Keely’s strength, courage and resiliency has seen her raise $600,000 for childhood cancer charities to date. This includes an incredible $150,000 raised for the Golden Octopus Foundation since it was founded in 2015.”

Keely was named the winner of the LGIAsuper Community Award at the 2017 Queensland Young Achiever Awards for her incredible efforts.

Cr McLaughlin said Council was proud to support the Golden Octopus Foundation and its founder.

“The Foundation aims to upgrade paediatric oncology facilities in regional hospitals and help supply childhood cancer nurses in communities across Australia,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“So many children and families are touched by childhood cancer. Colouring the fountain gold is just a small gesture that we can make to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to show support for all the families and children who have been affected by it.”

Keely called on the community to get behind the Gold September campaign.

“With everyone getting behind the Gold September campaign there will be more awareness, which leads to more research, which leads to a cure,” Keely said.

“We are aiming to help families by letting kids with cancer fight from home and getting nurses in our communities, like the breast cancer nurses, which will help this to happen.

“I have just returned last night late from Perth where we lit Western Australia’s Parliament House gold for the first time and the Queensland Parliament House is gold as well.”

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