23 January 2023

Young entrepreneurs open impromptu lemonade stand after cancer fundraising success

| Oliver Jacques
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Three girls outside lemonade stand

Ameara Halliburton, Tempi Halliburton and Mia Lodding found a clever way to make some school holiday cash. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A trio of enterprising primary school students in Griffith opened an impromptu lemonade and ice cream stand outside their Harwood Road home, taking advantage of the hottest period this summer to make some holiday savings last Tuesday (17 January).

“We had a bunch of toys in our garage that we needed to get rid of,” Tempi said.

“I came out here and started selling them to see what would happen. Mia came to help me too, we sold the toys and donated about $150 to Can Assist.”

“This led to us selling lemonade today. Mia was selling water outside her house yesterday. We thought in the hot weather people would like ice creams and drinks. We wanted to earn some money over the school holidays.”

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On a day when the maximum temperature in Griffith exceeded 38 degrees Celsius, the trio set up a sunshade outside their place, where they sold ice creams, drinks and homemade lemonade for affordable prices.

While a career in business might beckon, Tempi and Mia have other plans.

“I want to be a teacher when I grow up. I like my school [Griffith North], I’m going to be a school captain this year.”

Mia said she planned to specialise in “doggy daycare”, while Ameara said she’d focus on kindergarten first before thinking about her adult life.

Tempi said she’d continue to raise money to help families suffering with cancer.

Jason Baldock has his hair chopped off

Jason Baldock’s fundraiser was one of the most successful ever for Can Assist. Photo: Facebook.

The volunteer-run not-for-profit Can Assist organises various fundraisers to earn money to support people who need to travel to bigger cities for cancer treatment – helping them pay for the cost of petrol, flights and accommodation. After years of lobbying, Can Assist convinced the NSW Government to substantially raise its state-funded travel allowance – the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme – for the first time in a decade.

There have been other highlights for the organisation in recent months. In October, Tumut Can Assist received a donation of $4,241.52, their portion of the proceeds of a fundraiser held for Leukaemia sufferer Trudie Piper in July this year. The fundraiser was organised by Kate Clee and friends to raise money for Trudie, who is undergoing treatment.

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In November, the town of Mathoura held a cancer fundraiser in the form of a Speed Shear Competition (sheep shearing). The Deniliquin Branch of Can Assist held a stall selling Christmas raffle tickets with prizes donated by Deniliquin Outdoors Betta Electrical. Organisers also sold patchwork fabrics previously donated, cookbooks and Christmas cards.

In December, Cootamundra Can Assist organised the highly successful ‘Chop the Mop’ fundraiser, in which local personality Jason Baldock agreed to cut his hair for the first time in 12 years in exchange for donations. He lost his beloved dreadlocks while the fundraiser made an incredible $119,000.

To make a donation or to volunteer with Can Assist, get in contact with them via their website.

Original Article published by Oliver Jacques on Region Riverina.

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