Austin Cove Baptist College student Max makes big difference for people with cancer


Eight-year-old Max Birch with his grandma Kaye Donnelly and Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse unit manager Nyrene Jackson.
Eight-year-old Max Birch with his grandma Kaye Donnelly and Fiona Stanley Hospital nurse unit manager Nyrene Jackson.

AT just eight years of age, Max Birch is already making a big difference to people with cancer.

The Austin Cove Baptist College student generously donated $1210 to the Cancer Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the proceeds of making and selling glass pendant necklaces.

His uncle Jim Donnelly, who was a patient at the hospital and recently lost his battle with cancer, inspired Max.

“In the car on the way home from holidays, I started thinking about how I could raise money that could go towards helping people with cancer,’’ Max said.

Max got the idea to sell necklaces from his grandmother Kaye Donnelly.

“I told my grandma and she suggested I make jewellery with her,’’ he said.

Max sold his necklaces at school and at the markets and not surprisingly, his jewellery-making skills impressed his classmates, parents and teachers.

“At recess, I pulled out my case and within a few minutes I was surrounded by people,’’ he said.

When asked how it made him feel to donate all his hard-earned cash, Max replied “very happy”.

Grandmother Kaye said she and her family could not be prouder of Max.

Cancer Centre nurse unit manager Nyrene Jackson was delighted to receive the donation.

“I’m amazed by Max’s compassion and kindness,’’ she said.

“The money donated by Max will go towards medical oncology research.”

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