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Centre educators pull up socks for good cause

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Educators at Goodstart Oakleigh have banded together to raise awareness for the Children’s Cancer Foundation by wearing socks created by the Australian Football League and Sesame Street.

They decided to support the Put Yourself in Their Socks campaign after one of the children who attended their centre, Sophie Lubransky (pictured above, middle), was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was three and a half years old.

Sophie, who is now eight years old and one of the heroes of the campaign, joined the centre when she was a baby and her four-year-old sister Lara still attends the service.

Oakleigh centre director Leisa Dzikov said the aim was to support Sophie’s family and raise awareness for the Children’s Cancer Foundation to fund research into the best way to treat, cure and prevent the disease. (Pictured above are Gunara Perera, Manuri Wickramasinghe and Gursharan Kaur.)

 “It’s our way of saying thanks to Sophie’s mum Kristy as well,” Ms Dzikov said. “She has been a great support for us and has sent many new families our way. We’ll be wearing the socks until the end of the week.”

More than 800 children in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer this year, with 5,600 currently undergoing treatment. About $47,000 has been raised by the campaign so far.

Ambassadors include Bob Murphy (Bulldogs captain), Gorgi Coghlan (The Project) and Gillon McLachlan (AFL CEO).
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