This year, Easter in the Immanuel Early Learning Centre (ELC) meant a number of different things for the young children who attend. Yes, they eagerly awaited the arrival of the Easter Bunny and learnt the story of Jesus on the cross. However, families were also made aware of the opening of a new shop in Buderim by cancer charity, Beautiful You, and how they could help raise funds for this vital community service that provides practical, emotional and spiritual support for women fighting cancer. A local chocolatier created Easter egg chocolate packs, just for the Immanuel ELC, with the goal of raising money to support mums with cancer.
The Centres very own Service Leader, Tracey Ellaway, received support from Beautiful You during her battle with cancer, as did two other mothers from the Immanuel ELC.
“At the Immanuel ELC, we want to instil in the children the importance of helping others and Beautiful You, as a local charity, is a wonderful example,” said Immanuel ELC Service Leader Tracey Ellaway.
“Seven years ago, Beautiful You, managed by its wonderful founder Debbie Clayton, helped me and my daughter when I was battling breast cancer. They also helped two other families in our Centre so we decided it was time to help them.
“KoKopod Chocolate, a family-run business with children at Immanuel Lutheran College and the Immanuel Early Learning Centre, created unicorn Easter egg packs solely for the ELC so that we could raise money for Beautiful You. The eggs were gorgeous and so very inclusive as they were gluten free, nut free and egg free, with options for dairy and soy free as well.
“KoKopod’s journey began in 2012 when founder, Brigid, was on maternity leave from her primary teaching position. Her passion to understand the true depth of chocolate resulted in a six-week course at a chocolate school based in Melbourne. With care arranged for her toddler, Brigid would spend her days learning to make chocolate under Australia's leading chocolatiers and her nights studying the science behind the magic, while her baby slept. KoKopod now supply locally and overseas,” said Tracey.
“At the Immanuel ELC, we raised $165.00 through the sale of KoKopod’s eggs and we will present these funds to Debbie at the opening of her new premises on Monday with one of our children.
“We want to recognise and celebrate the mothers in our community who battle cancer; their energy and tenacity in being bold, brave and beautiful when times are tough. Brigid and our educators share these values so it was an easy choice to choose Beautiful You as the charity we wanted to support.