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Keely

Keely Dare to Dream scholarships recipient

Eighteen-year old Keely from the Burdekin region of Queensland is one step closer to realising her dream of becoming an Assistant Nurse, after chemo interrupted her high school studies.

 

“The Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship paid for my course to gain a Cert 3 in Health Services."  

 

"My mum is a registered nurse and I wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for her. I'm friends with many nurses because of my cancer treatment.  They have all inspired me.”

 

Keely has been in the public eye before with the Golden Octopus Foundation, a charity that she started. She recorded a song with country music legend Lee Kernaghan, with proceeds going to charity. 

 

She has been recognised far and wide for the extraordinary amount of money she has raised for others. Now, with her 2016 Dare to Dream scholarship win, Keely is able to focus on herself and her dreams for the future.

 

With the completion of her Certificate 3 in Health Services, Keely plans to seek casual work in a local hospital or nursing home, where she can combine her training with her passion for music.

 

Hugh Dare to Dream Scholarship recipient

Hugh

Hugh from Fremantle is putting his cricket dreams first, thanks to a Dare to Dream scholarship which has provided him with the supportive equipment he needs to walk and play, following surgery for cancer in 2015.

 

Hugh was diagnosed with cancer in his left fibula in 2015.  After an operation to remove a portion of his fibula, Hugh developed a condition whereby he is unable to lift his foot at the ankle. As a result, he needs to wear an Ankle Foot Orthotic (AFO) to walk.

 

“Six months after my treatment ended I travelled to Malaysia with my school to play cricket. Mid-game my AFO broke which forced me to sit on the sidelines.

 

The Dare to Dream Scholarship has allowed me to purchase a second AFO, giving my coaches and team mates the confidence that I will be there as a real team player, 100 percent.”

 

Hugh encourages anyone under 25 who has been diagnosed with cancer at any age, to apply for a scholarship. 

 

“My goal is to play cricket at the highest level possible whether that be first grade or even play for Australia. No matter how big or small your dream is, go for it and apply!"

 

RabiaRabia Dare to Dream Scholarship recipient

When Rabia was at school, her dream was a career in finance, but a leukaemia diagnosis at 15 interrupted her studies. Side effects of treatment it hard for her to concentrate, and her hands would ache after a few minutes of writing. 

 

When she first heard about Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream, Rabia wasn't sure she would apply. "At the time I wasn’t really interested...I was a bit down,” she remembers. But when she won a scholarship in 2012, she used the funds to buy a digital recording device and special software to record and organise lectures, and help her take notes without typing. 

 

“I think if I were to give one piece of advice to young people like myself, I would tell them to keep dreaming and keep setting goals," says Rabia. "It may seem like the end of the world, but it’s not."

 

Read Rabia's story in full here.  

 

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Stephen describes his Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream scholarship as "like a golden ticket at the end of treatment".

 

Before diagnosis, Stephen had developed a keen interested in Brazilian Jujitsu, so he used his first scholarship to take him far away from the world of cancer to compete in the Brazilian Jujitsu World Championships in Los Angeles.

 

"It was something I could keep working towards – it was so valuable," Stephen says.

 

Stephen went on to win a Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream scholarship a second time, using the funds to go back to the US and develop a script as part of his Master's of screenwriting.

 

Read Stephen's story in full here.

 

Adam

After a minor fall in Year 12, Adam discovered he had a tumour in his leg. Amputation and chemotherapy followed – so did an interest in wheelchair basketball.

 

Adam was determined to take his new skill as far as could, but the cost of a sports wheelchair was more than he could cover. He applied for a Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship and won, putting the money towards a chair he could use for competitions. 

 

Adam has gone on to represent Australia in his sport and to play professionally in Europe.

 

Jenna

“The scholarship money has helped me put my energy into something that I love – art.”

 

Twenty-five year old Jenna was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer in November 2014. Treatment included having a hystectomy.  Today her health is good and she is back working and doing her art. 

 

“Art has been the anchor amongst the chaos of my cancer, and being a recipient of the Dare to Dream Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dreams."

 

Jenna entered the Archibald Prize in 2015 and received some really positive feedback. She is inspired to entered again in 2018.

 

"I've been able to purchase much-needed art supplies and have saved some of the scholarship money to pay for freight costs to ship my second Archibald entry to Sydney.”