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A leap for charity, Mosman Daily
7 August 2003

 

A leap for charity

Watching North Sydney teen Brett Jones ride his skateboard, you wouldn’t think he had a charity for sick children named after him.
 
But Kids Like Brett, which is fast gaining a reputation as one of Sydney’s most effective fundraising organisations for sick children, has just been named as a beneficiary of a new charity promotion organised by Coca-Cola Amatil.

As part of the promotion, Coca-Cola has promised to donate 10 cents from every marked 10 can pack of Coke and Diet Coke to Kids Like Brett and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Kids Like Brett was founded by Brett’s father, Steve Jones, in 1990 when Brett, who is now 14, became the 20th person to be diagnosed with the rare immune deficiency disorder known as Nezelof syndrome.

“No-one gave Brett a chance past his first birthday and now he is a healthy boy,” his father said last week.
 
Mr Jones said the charity had raised almost $600,000 for new medical equipment for sick children.
 
“We guarantee that 100 per cent of every dollar we raise goes to buying lifesaving medical equipment for sick children.”
 
Mr Jones said Kids Like Brett would spend the money from the Coca-Cola Amatil promotion (together with other funds raised by the charity) on medical equipment for Royal North Shore Hospital’s new children’s ward. Mr Jones said Coca-Cola Amatil decided to make Kids Like Brett one of the beneficiaries of its promotion after he approached them asking for a contribution.

“I contacted (them) a couple of weeks earlier seeking support for a fundraiser I was holding. They have me some promotional items to auction and I thought that was the end of it. I never expected anything like this. I just have two words to say – thank you.
 
Adam Ferris
Mosman Daily, 7 August 2003
 

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