BIG YELLOW BUS DRIVES HOME IMPORTANT MESSAGE IN GRIFFITH
A big yellow bus will roll into Griffith on Sunday afternoon to drive home an important message.
The man behind the wheel, Col Reynolds, founded The Kids’ Cancer project in 1993 in an effort to fund research into childhood cancer.
Mr Reynolds is particularly happy to be coming to Griffith, the hometown of the little girl who first inspired the project, Alice Sjollema, who died of leukemia when she was six.
“I met Alice when she was in Sydney having treatment. I used to take Alice and others on outings, it took a while for her to warm to me, but eventually she took a shine to me. When she died it burst my heart,” Mr Reynolds said.
“My goal is to eliminate cancer. I’m on the road to tell people that science is the solution to survival.
"My main aim is to bring awareness of the need for childhood cancer research.
“We’ve had the bus donated to us by a bus company and Caltex provides the fuel so we can get out into rural areas free of charge and raise awareness.”
Keep an eye out for Mr Reynolds and his bus parked in the middle block of Banna Avenue on Sunday, 25 November from 1pm and all day on Monday, 26 November.
To date the Kids’ Cancer Project has funded $40 million in cancer research for 27 scientists in 14 different laboratories throughout Australia.
Mr Reynolds is inviting locals to drop down to the bus to find out more about the project.
He will be selling teddy bears for the reduced price of $40, with proceeds going towards the Kids’ Cancer Project.
“I loved Alice so much we’ve created an Alice Angel Bear,” he said.
“She is the little girl who started it all. It’s my goal to keep fighting and fundraising until childhood cancer is just something we read about in history books, along with other diseases of the past such as small pox and polio.
“It used to be 700 children a year diagnosed with cancer, now it’s 950 a year, it’s not getting any better.”