TEAM Moni are back and ready to smash their fundraising record.
The team completed the 15km Run for the Kids fun run last year in memory of Monique Squires — and raised a whopping $10,600 for cancer charity The Cure Starts Now.
Five-year-old Monique lost her 13-month battle with the aggressive and incredibly rare paediatric tumour Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) last October.
Not only was the fun run a cathartic experience for her Bamawm Extension family it was also symbolic of the challenges Monique Squires faced along her journey.
Monique’s mother, Danielle, said the family had decided to raise money for The Cure Starts Now, which is an organisation that helped Monique across her journey and raises awareness for DIPG.
“Last year was a great day for a great cause,’’ she said.
‘‘It was an emotional run, so many families wore their children’s names or pinned photos to their tops in a great show of support.
‘‘It just makes you realise we aren’t alone in this battle and we are determined we will continue to help other children.’’
This year the team want to double their efforts and raise $20,000, but they need help.
The team have already raised $6500 and hope they can break their record with the support of the community.
Danielle said the team had expanded after people were inspired by their efforts last year.
“People keep putting their hand out to help out so our team has grown to 35,” she said.
“We want people to know that this disease is still out there and killing kids. The more funds and awareness we raise, the better.”
The run is on Sunday and donations can be made at give.everydayhero.com/au/team-moni