The Learning Tree Dalby Raise $1500 For Breast Cancer Research In Honour Of Mum’s Race To Beat Cancer


When Sarah Wenham (pictured on the left with best friend Chrissy) enquired about childcare for her 3 youngest children at The Learning Tree Dalby to help support her family while she underwent months of treatment for breast cancer, Centre Manager Leanne Stewart and her team were immediately touched by her story and wanted to do something to show their support.

Sarah was just 32 years old when she discovered a lump in her breast while feeding her youngest of four children, who was only four months old at the time. Struck by receiving the news that it was in fact cancer while out doing her grocery shopping, Sarah took the brave approach of “I’ve got this” from the very beginning as she prepared for the race she was about to run.

Living in Dalby Sarah was required to travel an hour to Toowoomba daily for treatment, so decided to enrol her children in day care to relieve some of the pressure.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from the team at The Learning Tree and the Dalby community,” said Ms Wenham.

“They have been so helpful and are like another family for my children.”  

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Inspired by Sarah’s story and witnessing the struggles of her family, Centre Manager Leanne Stewart (pictured above on the right with Dalby Goodstart Centre Manager, Kim Wenham) decided to host a ‘Pretty in Pink Under the Tree’ fundraiser at The Learning Tree Dalby, where they were joined by 78 people in their local community and raised over $1,500 towards breast cancer research. 

“The community spirit was definitely alive that night” said Leanne as she described the event.

“We are very proud of the ‘healthy community’ we have created around our centre, which is a huge part of our philosophy under the Lifelong Learning Centres holistic ‘Healthy Children’ framework. The support shown for Sarah and her family is a wonderful example of the power in community and our belief that it takes a village to raise a child.”

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The event featured 14 stalls run by local businesses, with additional prizes being donated to a live auction held on the night, and Sam William, a mother from the centre singing for the crowd (pictured above).

Sarah’s race against cancer has touched the community of Dalby and we wish the Wenham family a happy and healthy future.

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