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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Brisbane landmarks to ‘Go Gold for September’ and raise awareness for childhood cancer

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, September 08, 2015

    Brisbane landmarks to ‘Go Gold for September’ and raise awareness for childhood cancer

    Brisbane landmarks including Parliament House and Kurilpa Bridge will be lit in gold tonight to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Going Gold for September, which runs from today until Monday had become an important annual event in Queensland’s calendar.

    “Cancer is a terrible diagnosis for anyone but it is especially difficult when children are involved,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Family and friends are all deeply affected during what is a very hard time for all impacted and we need to do what we can to help.

    “Going Gold for September is a small but important gesture that will be very visible across Brisbane.

    “When you see parts of Brisbane lit in gold tonight, it’s a reminder of the far reaching and long-lasting consequences- not only for young people dealing with childhood cancer, but also for their family and friends.

    “Lighting these landmarks in gold is a small way of raising awareness for this very important issue.”

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper acknowledged the ongoing work of North Queensland’s Keely Johnson, who recently launched the Golden Octopus Foundation, in ensuring awareness about childhood cancer was appropriately recognised.

    “Keely has had her own journey with cancer and has bravely shown strength and determination,” he said.

    “Her tenacity in ensuring events like this are on the calendar helps ensure this very important issue remains front and centre of people’s minds.

    “These kinds of actions prompt discussions about very important issues like childhood cancer and hopefully prompt others to take whatever action they can take to help those dealing with it either directly or indirectly.”

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