WHEN eight-year-old Keela Moloney-Smith celebrated her birthday at the weekend, her one request was no gifts.
Instead, the St John’s Primary School pupil asked her friends for a gold coin donation to the Peter’s Project fund-raising campaign for a regional cancer care centre.
Keela told The Standard she decided to forgo presents because it was something nice to do.
“I’ve raised $114,” she said.
“It will help people with cancer.
“They won’t have to go to Geelong or Melbourne.”
Keela was following in her brother Kai’s footsteps.
Earlier this year, the six-year-old asked for a gold coin donation for Project Compassion instead of presents.
Their parents Lesa Moloney and Jason Smith suggested several charities and projects which the children could donate to.
“Kids birthday parties can get a bit out of control,” she said.
“The kids were great with it. Some of the parents were a bit unsure and were asking if they could bring something.
“Keela made a box for the donations to go in. She was so excited when she got home and could count it.”