Cancer fundraiser success

Nine-year-old Jazzlyn Martin, with her unexpected cheque

A community dinner organised by two Matakohe school mothers has raised a huge $11,700 to help nine-year old Jazzlyn Martin fight her ongoing battle with cancer. 

“Jazzlyn has a life-threatening brain tumor,” said Di Hardisty, who with Nic Hawkes came up with the dinner plan, with the event held earlier this month at the Matakohe Memorial Hall.

“It was an outstanding success, with a three course meal, raffles and donations mounting up to $10,000 and with donations still coming in, we went down to Auckland where Jazzlyn is undergoing a long course of radiation reatment following brain surgery.

“Unfortunately, most of the treatment plans are not subsidised, so giving Jazz the best chance had hit  brick wall and an empty pocket.

“But we handed over the cheque and she and her Mum were just stunned. They could not believe that a small community like Matakohe was able to raise so much and make such a difference for them.”

Jazzlyn still has ongoing treatment to face in Auckland, “But they asked me to pass on their massive thanks to everyone who has helped the fundraiser,” said Di. “And that goes for Nic and myself. Thanks to the Lions, thanks everyone.” The fund for Jazzlyn remains open at 03-1501-0015221-000 or contact Di Hardisty, 027 476 8167 or Nic Hawkes, 027 710 9603.


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