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 Feb 25, 2020

Generous hearts bring people together

Bringing people together for a good cause is something Paolo and Leila have been doing for many years.  Their latest community event focused on bringing a taste of Italy to friends and family.

 

“We organised a dinner featuring traditional dishes and cultural references from Sicily. We called it ‘Sicilian Soul’,” says Paolo. “We had a band, as we all like to dance to the sound of good live music. Together with the auction items donated by friends, both as individuals and businesses, we raised $19,000!”

Paolo’s wife passed away seven years ago after a cancer diagnosis. 
“That certainly triggered an additional commitment,” says Paolo. “And when my son was also lucky enough to do a medical internship at the ONJ Cancer Centre, we decided to show our support for the work being done here through our community fundraising event.”

“We want to contribute to cancer research and the wellness of patients with cancer,” says Leila. “And the best thing was that Olivia Newton-John sent us a super-cute video with a wonderful, touching personal message.  Nobody can help but to smile along with her!”

Plans are well underway for their 2020 event.

Community events are a wonderful way to come together and raise funds to help people with cancer. If you’d like to run your own community event contact us at 03 9496 5753 or fundraising@onjcancercentre.org.

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