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Charity cap fits perfectly for Bradley
Year 5 student Bradley Gyles, 11, has been raising money for cancer research over the past two years with his
Wear Your Cap for Cancer campaign.
Photo: Matt Bedford
He is only 11 but he has already been
heading a two-year fund-raising
campaign for cancer research.
When Bradley Gyles grandmother
Nancy Nin Agnew died from
pancreatic cancer he asked his mother
Lianne Gyles if there was any reason
why children couldn t raise money for
Bradley got started immediately and
his initial target of $200 was quickly
Bradley said about two years ago, at
the time his grandmother died, he was
into baseball caps.
So he decided to raise awareness of
cancer by wearing a cap for cancer.
His fund-raiser was then recognised
with a Fred Hollows Award in 2013.
Bradley said he didn t expect it to
go as well as it did.
"Over the past two years we have
raised about $1800, he said.
"The plan is to get more schools
involved and send a challenge out.
He doesn t have an ultimate goal, he
just wants to put the plan in motion
and see how it goes.
Bradley has just held his second
Wear Your Cap for Cancer fund-raiser
and his mother is extremely proud.
"I think it is just great that he feels
he can have a go and make a little bit
of a difference, she said.
"That is really important for kids --
to feel like they ve got a voice.
She said Macquarie Primary School
and principal Wendy Cave had been
The children and staff at the school
have been donning their caps for
"His idea is to ask all northside
primary schools to join his cause next
year and give children the message
that even though they are kids they too
can make a difference, Ms Gyles
already asking if he can do fund-
raising at high school.
Walking her two young sons to
tschool on a narrow suburban road is
an accident waiting to happen,
according Lyons Early Childhood
School P&C vice-president Sally
Mrs Underwood said she was
forced into a dangerous situation by
having to walk along the road
because no footpath is available. She
said while her four-year-old son
Ryan could walk along the grass
verge, she has no other option but to
push her 22-month-old Luke in the
pram along the narrow road.
Unfortunately for the community,
Mrs Underwood said, their request
for a footpath had not been deemed a
priority project by the ACT
Community members, mostly
school parents, have signed a
petition, which was presented to the
Legislative Assembly by Liberal
Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones
on October 30.
Mrs Jones agreed a footpath
should be constructed further along
Territory and Municipal Minister
Services Shane Rattenbury said an
alternate route with a community
path connects Tarraleah Crescent to
Tooms Place to access the school.
"This particular proposal is
currently ranked 113th in terms of
priority, he said. It will be
considered in future capital works
programs according to available
funding and other competing
priorities," he said.
Mrs Underwood said the travelling
the alternate route would double the
journey time to the school.
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