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Generous youngsters, Ava Paolini and Julian Glass, donate from milestone celebrations

Publish Date: 22/7/2016

It’s not every day that people are happy to forgo presents when celebrating their special event, but that’s exactly what 9-year-old Ava Paolini and 13-year-old Julian Glass did, encouraging their family and friends to donate funds to support the work of the Leukaemia Foundation.


Ava Paolini (pictured left), of Greystanes, recently celebrated her First Holy Communion, a significant and exciting event in her life. Though, instead of the standard request for gifts and money, Ava asked her family and friends to donate money to the Leukaemia Foundation. When asked what made her decide to give to charity, Ava said, “to show that I can be like Jesus and give to others and show compassion.”

Ava chose the Leukaemia Foundation because her cousin, Alexander Mareschi, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) twice and he appeared in Lifeblood earlier this year.

Over the years, Ava’s family has kindly supported the Foundation by being involved in various fundraising activities and with the donations from her First Holy Communion, Ava raised an incredible $1,075, which she hopes will help find a cure for leukaemia.

Julian Glass (pictured), of Rose Bay, celebrated his momentous Bar Mitzvah in March and donated some of the monetary gifts he received from his family and friends to the Leukaemia Foundation. Julian’s grandfather, who he was named after, sadly passed away from leukaemia many years ago. This is why he generously decided to support the Foundation and, as Julian said, “Always remember that every little bit makes a difference.”

Julian donated almost $600 from his Bar Mitzvah; a remarkable effort though not the first time he’s supported the Leukaemia Foundation. Last year Julian signed up to The Sun-Herald City2Surf’s 14km race and, rallying support from family and friends, donated a significant amount to the ensure people with a blood cancer can access the support they need.

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and it is thanks to the efforts and generosity of people like Ava and Julian who allow the Foundation to continue its important work.

Have you got a great idea to help raise money to support people with blood cancer? We can help you host your own fundraising event or you can join a community event near you. Contact us today on 1800 620 420. 

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