The Davey family of Cairns has won the Harold’s Family Comp prize for Term 1, and we couldn’t imagine a more worthy winner.
Alison and Garreth recently moved from Adelaide to Cairns to achieve a better work life balance and spend more time with their two young children Isla, 5, and Zac, 2.
At just 10 weeks of age, daughter Isla was diagnosed with heritable bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that begins in the retina, and most commonly affects young children. Isla now has no vision in her right eye and will need cancer surveillance for the rest of her life.
“We had to face some big challenges and decisions shortly after Isla was born,” Alison says.
“While things have been stable for Isla for a couple of years now, our journey as a family contributed to the decision to make the sea change to Cairns.”
“Our attitude is: Life is precious, so let’s enjoy it.”
After settling into their own home in the tropical north, the Davey family says the Harold’s Family Comp prize – a $1,000 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher – will allow them to purchase a new TV.
Alison was one of thousands of parents who provided feedback about the Life Ed program in our regular parent survey which helps us measure the impact of the program and ensure sessions are engaging, impactful and relevant. When parents complete the survey, they also receive access to health education tips and resources. At the end of each term, one lucky entrant wins either a $1,000 Rebel Sports gift voucher, a $1,000 JB Hi-Fi gift card OR a $1,000 Inverted Bodyboarding gift voucher.
Alison shared her parent feedback after Isla participated in the My Body Matters module with her Freshwater State School Prep class.
Isla learned about the importance of personal hygiene; choosing foods for a healthy balanced diet; the benefits of physical activity and sleep; and safety at home, in school and in the community.
Alison says she is grateful her daughter will gain other vital knowledge, skills and strategies as she engages with the Life Ed program throughout her primary school journey. She’s particularly keen for her daughter to learn more about cybersafety.
“One of the biggest worries as parent these days, is cyberbullying and cybersafety,” Alison says.
“Do you keep them away from devices or let them use things and teach them how to be safe so that they know what they are doing? I think that’s one of the biggest concerns as a parent. It probably worries me more than drugs and alcohol, so it’s great that those messages are included in the Life Ed program.”
Congratulations to the Davey family and thank you to all our parents who took part in the survey. Stay tuned – we will announce another Harold’s Family Comp winner at the end of Term 2.