Thursday, August 11th, 2011
EIGHT-year-old Cooper Giumelli from South Lake in Western Australia is a little guy with a big heart.

While attending the City of Cockburn’s South Lake Outside School Hours Care, he decided to raise money for Princess Margaret Hospital’s children with cancer ward by holding a talent show.

Asking for a gold coin donation, he raised $300 – matched dollar-for-dollar by the after-school service, totalling $600 for the hospital.

Outside School Hours Care Coordinator Beth Townend said she thought it was a wonderful initiative from Cooper, which is why she made the commitment to duplicate Cooper’s fundraising efforts.

“When his first choice of venue didn’t prove feasible, we decided he could hold the event at the South Lake Activity Centre where the outside care service is provided,” she said.

“The staff and children put a lot of effort into this venture with three auditions, plus rehearsals, in the second week of the July school holidays.

“Centre supervisor Diane Keene was tireless in preparing for the talent show with the children really throwing themselves into the project.

“A gold coin donation from the parents was the goal with the event held on the last day of the school holidays.”

All children who took part were given a CD of the show, made by a staff member.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said Cooper’s efforts were an inspiration to anyone setting a goal.

“It goes to show that with drive and determination, you can achieve the outcome you’re aiming for,” he said.

“There’s no denying Cooper’s a real go-getter and he has shown tremendous community spirit with his fundraising efforts.

“His passion and compassion in helping others shows true dedication, above and beyond many others much older than him.”

PMH will be presenting Cooper with a certificate of appreciation.

Eight-year-old Cooper Giumelli, South Lake Outside School Hours Care’s Diane Keene and Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett with the $600 raised for PMH’s children with cancer ward.

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