Trust helps young Leeton resident Santo Celi

LEETON’S Santo Celi has always had the community right behind him 110 per cent. 

The young resident was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2008. 

While he is believed to be in remission, Santo still has a long road ahead. 

To help ease the burden, the Moya Gilkes Children’s Cancer Trust has stepped in. 

The trust was original set up following the passing of Ms Gilkes in 2010. 

Its aim was to provide financial support to families caring for children with cancer. 

However, with organisations such as Country Hope and Can Assist already completing fantastic work in that area, the trust has found another way to help out. 

Trustee Marcia Ashworth explained Leeton and Barellan children were still benefiting. 

“It’s been decided the trust money can be used to help children with cancer in terms of providing equipment to help them continue their studies,” she said. 

“Sometimes they can be away in hospital for a long time and having this technology can help them keep up with their school work.”

For young Santo, that has meant a new laptop with all of the bells, whistles and security features. 

Families of other children facing the difficult cancer journey can get in touch with the trust to see how it can assist. 

Ms Gilkes was raised in an orphanage. In her adult years she resided in the Leeton area. 

Although she had no children of her own, she had a strong desire to help the children of the Leeton and Barellan area. 

For more information about the trust contact Mrs Ashworth on 6953 3666. 

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