Burdekin Shire Council is turning the Ayr CBD fountain gold and putting a golden glow on the Ayr Town Clock to help promote awareness of childhood cancer.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council would again colour Ayr’s CBD fountain gold for the entire month of September in honour of local resident Keely Johnson who is battling cancer.
“We are proud that Council can help raise awareness of childhood cancer by doing this and very happy to support Keely and honour all families in our Shire that have been touched by cancer,” he said.
“Keely is a brave and special young lady who is not only battling cancer, but also trying to raise people’s awareness of other children affected by cancer,” he said.
“With the help of the Make A Wish Foundation Keely, recorded and released a single with Lee Kernaghan last year about her battle to help raise money for research into a cure for cancer.
“This year she established the Golden Octopus Foundation to educate and raise funding for research.
“She truly has a heart of gold.”
Cr Lowis said Burdekin residents could help the cause by donating to childhood cancer research.
“There are a number of charities and organisations that would be thankful for any support our residents could provide,” he said.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month aims to help create greater awareness and education about childhood cancer in Australia and provides information for parents, support for children with cancer and looks for community support for families affected by childhood cancer. One in five hundred Australian children will develop a cancer before the age of 15.