Strong show of support for battler mum

Amelia Banks, second adult on the left, and members of her family.

Generous locals flocked to The Mex to support one of their own, Amelia Banks, an Ocean Grove mum fighting brain cancer.
As a sell-out event, over 120 local women spent the afternoon enjoying a drink and nibbles while listening to Sam Hanson and shopping in the pop-up store.
To raise money, local businesses and individuals generously donated goods and services that went into special boxes to be sold on the day. Organisers, Nikki Filia and Kara Maguire, were overwhelmed with the response from the community and over 110 boxes were filled, with all money from the sales going to the cause.
The boxes were a huge success, selling out in the first hour, contributing to the total raised of $7000. Half of the money raised went into Amelia’s team fund for Walk for Brain Cancer and the other half was donated to the Banks family. They have decided to use this money to go on a family holiday to New Zealand, to make beautiful memories with their kids.
The organisers would like to thank everyone who donated, attended and helped. It was another example of the beautiful spirit that exists in our community.
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Amelia was overwhelmed with the support, expressed in the following letter.
“Ollie and I have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown by our friends and our local community. Our goal to raise $5000 for brain cancer research has been smashed and never in our wildest dreams did we think we would get the chance to take our boys on a family holiday as well! It brings tears to my eyes to think we can make some special memories with our boys because of you. Thank you for giving us hope and strength for fighting this horrible disease and a massive thank you to Nikki and Kara for spending weeks organising and hosting this wonderful day. And to The Mex for sharing your awesome venue for the event. You truly are amazing people.”
Ollie, Amelia, Harry and Teddy Banks