Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has praised the efforts of a young Sunshine Coast boy who is raising money for cancer research.
Ten-year-old Michael Behrens has taken up the fight against cancer following news that his grandmother had very sadly been diagnosed with a terminal condition.
The brave Bli Bli State School student is aiming to raise as much money as possible selling different coloured awareness ribbons representing the various cancers that impact on so many Australian lives – a concept he developed himself.
He is busily selling the ribbons as well as raffle tickets for a quilt hand-made by his beloved Nan at school and aims to set up table outside White’s Supa IGA in Bli Bli to continue the cause.
Michael’s mother Jenni said when her son first heard the terrible news he was determined to try and make a difference.
“He came up with the idea of making the different coloured ribbons, and said he wants to raise as much money as possible so no more of his family or friends get cancer,’’ Jenni said.
Michael’s fundraising campaign has been fully authorised by Cancer Council Queensland. He has also set up an online account at www.doitforcancer.com.au which has so far raised more than $300.
Clive Palmer said Michael was an inspiration and has encouraged the community to get behind his fundraising efforts.
Mr Palmer said he planned to help Michael sell his ribbons at the Bli Bli IGA in the near future.
“It is heart-warming what young Michael is doing in the face of the very sad news.
“He has my full support and I am certain the local community will rally behind his efforts to raise much needed funds for research and anti-cancer programs to beat this terrible disease which affects so many Australians,’’ Mr Palmer said.