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CHILD CANCER CRAFT KITS
Gifts bring smiles for kids with cancer
David Kendrick, 6, along with Bonython Primary students who helped make the craft kits.
Photo: Kimberley Granger
The gift of Easter bunnies and
bracelets has put a smile on the faces
of 50 young children at the Canberra
Hospital paediatrics unit.
Leukaemia sufferer David
Kendrick, 6, and mother Monique
Fensom organised the craft kits and
chocolate to put smiles on the faces of
other sick kids in Canberra.
David has suffered with cancer
since he was diagnosed at the age of
three. Monique said when she found
out about the leukemia, "it was the
worst thing ever".
In June last year, the family was
back in hospital yet again, for a two-
It was then that they came up with
the idea of Smiles is a Gift, their way
of giving back to the people who had
given so much for them.
"Being involved and knowing what
it's like to have a child with cancer,
you meet so many beautiful and caring
people," she said.
"It's very heartbreaking, but you
always see a smile on the kids here."
community donation point to help
David and Monique create craft kits
for children in hospital.
"We decided to sit down, get off
technology and make some craft kits,"
"I asked David what he wanted to
do, and all he could do was smile, so
that's how Smiles is a Gift came
Monique hopes to make craft kits
twice a year for the Canberra hospital.
She has enlisted the help of teachers
and parents at David's school,
Bonython Primary, to raise money for
She is inviting anyone willing to
help to get in touch via the Facebook
page, Smiles is a Gift.
"How can you say thank you for
supporting my son, or supporting
It's only doing something like this
and giving back. It's not money, it's
actually the love that is in these kits."
TRIAL IN LAKE
Tuggeranong Lake Carers members
have launched a trial of floating reed
beds at Goodwin Village in Monash.
The reed beds are part of a bigger
plan to help clean up Lake
Tuggeranong. The trial is expected to
identify benefits and downfalls of the
Tuggeranong Lake Carers convener
Glenys Patulny said she hoped the trial
would be successful, to illustrate to the
government that the reed beds were
beneficial to improving the health of
"We've been trying for years to get
something done about the lake," Ms
"We want to prove they're safe and
secure, that the ducks won't get them
and the fish won't eat the roots. We
want to illustrate they will thrive.
Because the quality of water isn't bad
in Goodwin Village, and it's only a
small sample, the real test for this is
how they will survive."
Ms Patulny said if the trial was
successful the reed beds would be put
in place at the Wanniassa inlet to filter
water coming into Lake Tuggeranong.
"It's just worse than any other lake,''
she said. It's not an attractive place to
Since Friday a one-metre by three-
metre floating reed bed supplied free
by Queanbeyan business SPEL
Environmental has been in the water
source at Goodwin.
"This is the first step," Ms Patulny
She said after the trial they would
need money for the wetlands, for water
filters and for some dredging.
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