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Innisfail Wheel Club raises $2,362 for Cord Blood Research

25/June/2021
Innisfail Inner Wheel Club members who took part in Sean’s Two for Ten walk at Warrina Lakes.

THE Inner Wheel Club of Innisfail has raised $2,362 for Cord Blood Research, a core Inner Wheel Australia national project.

Club members participated in Sean’s Two for Ten, a 2km for $10 walk at Warrina Lakes and raised $200.

Proceeds from this national event aid researchers such as Dr Graham Jenkin and his team develop cures for various cancers and immunological diseases. Over $30,000 was raised.

Sean is the face of Inner Wheel Australia’s national campaign raising funds for cord blood research. 

At the age of one, Sean was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and given little chance of survival. 

On March 19, 2012, Sean underwent aggressive chemotherapy to prepare his body for the transplant and, on March 27, he was injected with 30ml of cord blood stem cells which saved his life. 

Sean is now enjoying a full and interesting life doing the things he loves.

Monash University is committed to finding cures for the treatment of leukaemia, strokes, heart disease. and other auto-immune diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, and cord blood is one of the most valuable tools being used in the research of these diseases.

Since 2001, Inner Wheel Australia’s National Fundraising Project has been for Cord Blood Research, and since 2002 the Innisfail club has raised over $35,000 for the cause. 

Innisfail, along with Cairns, Trinity After Dark, FNQ Tablelands, and Townsville Inner Wheel clubs are part of the District A76 District. 

The International Inner Wheel theme for 2020-2021 is ‘Lead the Change’, and their core objects are to promote true friendship, encourage the ideals of personal service, and foster international understanding.

A further $1,917 was raised for Cord Blood Research at the successful Wine and Cheese Night at Roscoes Piazza, hosted by Innisfail Inner Wheel Club member, Rhonda Mayocchi.

On the night, 41 ladies were treated to a special dance performance by former Tap Dog, Jordan Ortt, and Emily Dreyer from Graham Academy of Dance, and there was a raffle, auction, lucky door prizes, and music entertainment by local crooner, Sean O’Brien.

Special thanks go to the following: Roscoes Piazza, Sean O`Brien, Graham Academy of Dance, Lorrae Jewellers, Marilena’s The Perfect Gift, Fusion Fight and Fitness, Mourilyan Bakery, Tropical Island Treasure, Carana Hair & Beauty, Carmen Camilleri – Body Shop at Home, Rothnies Pharmacy, The Letters Lady, Antoinette Duncan, Cheryl Lee Florist, Innisfail Seafood, and Dancing Divas.

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