Valentina is a girl with a sense of generosity and social conscience well beyond her years. For her sixth birthday last year, she asked her parents to not buy her presents, instead, she wanted the money that would have been spent on her to be donated to
The Leukaemia Foundation does not receive ongoing government funding, instead relying on generous support from people like the Holland family. It is Australia’s peak body for blood cancer, and funds essential research and provide free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. The Foundation states,
“We have an unwavering focus on reducing the impact of blood cancer and related blood disorders by providing free practical and emotional support, and funding
Now seven-years old, Valentina has said goodbye to her long ponytail in front of her Glennie school friends at her final Term One assembly. Local Leukaemia Foundation representative Emma Quade attended the assembly to witness the occasion and to accept the funds raised by Valentina and her family. Her hair will be forwarded to the Alopecia Areata Centre where it will make a huge difference for someone special.
“I hope my friends and other people can see how doing small things can make such a difference to those in need,” Valentina said.
Banner image: Angelina, Valentina & Jay Holland