Following the success of last year's event Hans de Koning, originally of Cooma, and his sister Annika Jones, a Cooma local, will host the second annual Day on the Lawn Fundraiser in honour of their mother, Janet de Koning who passed away from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2008 after a three year battle.
The siblings have combined their efforts between Cooma and Sydney, friends and family, and are aiming to raise $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation with their event held at Paddington Bowls Club in Sydney on September 7.
The money raised will go towards helping families touched by Leukaemia, including nurse visits, monetary assistance for transport and accommodation costs, assistance towards house hold bills and counselling. The foundation also assists in using funds raised for research into a cure for this disease that affects so many people. Hans and Annika realised after needing to access their services just how fortunate they were to have help available.
The two have been working hard to raise money for the event, which involves a half day at Paddington bowls club raising money through raffle tickets to win some excellent prizes, all donated by generous people and businesses. Over $6,500 worth of prizes has been donated so far, ranging from local businesses in Cooma to various companies in Sydney.
Many locals will be heading up on the day to join former Cooma locals who now reside in Sydney and the surrounding areas.
"We just found that none of this would have been possible if it weren't for the support from this community," Hans said.
"Although many have moved away, the area really stays with you and you always find you are attached to this place in one way or another. The community support isn't limited to people living here, it extends to those who have moved on from the area but always call Cooma home. You can't underestimate the loyalty of the Monaro community and its support."
The pair hope to count on your support to help in assisting The Leukaemia Foundation in their dedication to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. If you would like to make a donation, or donate a gift please contact Annika at email@example.com or Hans at Hans.deKoning@cricketnsw.com.au