Thomas Formica, 7, at the line-of-coins fundraiser in Murwillumbah.
Thomas Formica, 7, at the line-of-coins fundraiser in Murwillumbah. John Gass

Coins laid for cancer cause

COINS lined Murwillumbah Rd yesterday as the Murwillumbah Lions Club continued their tradition of charity to the Leukaemia Society.

For over 30 years the Murwillumbah Lions Club has been laying down coins for the Leukaemia Society and this year was no different.

More than $1000 was laid down on a stretch of footpath in front of the Murwillumbah Dinki-Di Discount store.

Murwillumbah Lions project manager Leo Kelly said he was grateful to everyone who got involved.

"We are really appreciative of everyone who came down and helped or who donated a coin and I know the Leukaemia Society is appreciative too," Mr Kelly said.

He also thanked Dinki-Di for donating Easter eggs that were given away to passers-by.

The event, which is held on the Thursday before Good Friday, has totalled almost $300,000 for leukaemia research over the years.

The cause gives back generously as well, with plenty of Easter eggs offered for those who participate.

Pam Wilcock, patron of the society, said the donations received support leukaemia sufferers at the Royal Children's Hospital.

"With support from the Lions Club, we set about raising awareness of the disease in general and its treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital," she said.

"Plus, as it's held on the Thursday before Easter, we treat the children to a lot of Easter eggs."



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