Max’s donation to help FSH cancer patients

Two woman and a young boy standing outside. One woman is holding a small display case with jewellery inside. The boy is holding a photo of a man.
Eight-year-old Max Birch with his grandma Kaye Donnelly and FSH Nurse Unit Manager Nyrene Jackson.
May 24, 2018

At just eight years of age, Max Birch is already making a big difference to people with cancer.

The Austin Cove Baptist College student generously donated $1,210 to the Cancer Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), the proceeds of making and selling glass pendant necklaces.

Max was inspired by his uncle Jim Donnelly, who was a patient at FSH and recently lost his battle with cancer.

“In the car on the way home from holidays, I started thinking about how I could raise money that could go towards helping people with cancer,” Max said.

Max got the idea to sell necklaces from his grandmother, Kaye Donnelly.

“I told my grandma and she suggested I make jewellery with her,” he said.

Max sold his necklaces at school and the local markets. Unsurprisingly, his jewellery making skills impressed his class mates, parents, and his teachers.

“At recess, I pulled out my case and within a few minutes I was surrounded by people,” he cheerfully recalled.

When asked how it made him feel to donate all his hard-earned cash, Max replied “very happy”.

Grandmother Kaye said she and his family couldn’t be prouder of young Max.

Cancer Centre Nurse Unit Manager Nyrene Jackson was delighted to receive the thoughtful donation.

“I’m amazed by Max’s compassion and kindness,” Nyrene said.

“The money donated by Max will go towards medical oncology research.”