Calendar helps give Lily a future, day by day

IT’S surprising where the support for children with cancer comes from.

When photographers Philip and Adrian Martins heard that eight-year-old Lily Hester — the daughter of former Terang woman Sianne Hester (nee Banks) and the Martins’ Bendigo childhood friend Aaron — was battling a rare liver cancer, they wanted to help.

They have compiled their stunning photographs of the Australian landscape to produce Great Southern Land — A Calendar for Lily to raise funds to help grant her wish to travel to France to see the Eiffel Tower and to visit her cousins in the United States.

Philip Martins said Lily was fighting hard and had endured a lot since she was diagnosed in July.

Lily, who lives in Melbourne with her family, has undergone a seven-hour liver operation to remove the main tumour, followed up by an operation to remove secondary lesions from her lung.

She is continuing to receive chemotherapy.

Philip Martins said he and his brother aimed to raise about $10,000 through the sale of the 2014 calendar to send Lily and her family on the overseas trip. 

“We have sold over 320 calendars so far and have raised almost $7000,” he said.

Mr Martins said the calendars, which sell for $40, made great Christmas gifts.

The deadline for Christmas orders for the calendar was last Friday, but they can be still purchased by visiting www.momentoshop.com.au/sp/id/11353 or www.philipmartinsphotography.com/onlinestore/booksandcalendars.

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