FOR nine-year-old Sebe Hintum, raising $930 for cancer research and prevention meant more to him than birthday presents.
The youngster celebrated turning nine with a fund-raiser for Relay For Life at Great Ocean Road Tenpin Bowl in Warrnambool on Sunday.
Having lost his mother Bec to breast cancer in January 2011, Sebe didn’t need much encouragement on the idea of getting his friends to donate to charity rather than buy him presents, his father Jeff said.
“They were very caring kids already but in the last two years they’ve become more aware of what can happen in life and that it’s not all plain sailing,” Mr Hintum said of his children Sebe, Maggie, 10, and Tori, six.
Mr Hintum said Sebe spent much of his party running to the donation box to deposit money from his friends and their families, but still managed to fit in a couple of games of tenpin bowling.
“It went really well,” Mr Hintum said of the fund-raiser.
“We raised $930 and had about 100 people that bowled over the two hours.”
He said he won a competition earlier in the year which let him use the bowling alley for two hours for a fund-raiser and when he raised the idea with his son, Sebe was keen.
The family’s Relay For Life team, Bec’s Bosom Buddies, has raised more than $5000 in each of the last two years and the Hintum family has also been involved in fund-raising for cancer sufferers and Peter’s Project.