Meet the young fundraiser making a difference for children with cancer

Meet the young fundraiser making a difference for children with cancer

Premium member Gina Saad’s seven year old daughter is on a mission for positive change

BY Business Chicks, 3 min READ

Gina Saad’s seven-year-old daughter Eliana Marie wants to do everything she can to help find better treatments for children with cancer.

At the age of five she started selling bows and pencil cases to her family, school and community to raise money for a public hospital in Cairo, Egypt. In December 2018, the Saad’s travelled to Egypt to visit the sick children at the Abu El Reesh Hospital, and present the director the $3500 they had raised.

Inspired to make positive change, in 2019 Eliana focused her fundraising efforts locally, and together with her friends, learned how to make soy candles and diffusers for the Royal Children’s Hospital. They sold to great success and reached their target of $2000 in two days.

Gina and her daughter have just launched Smell of Hope, a social enterprise donating 100% of profits to support the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Eliana and Gina said, “We are doing this for every child fighting cancer to let them know you are not alone. We are here for you and we will do everything we can in hopes to help the Children Cancer Foundation find better treatments and a cure. At Smell of Hope we strive to give hope to the most vulnerable children in our community through the spirit of love, life and charity. Only together we can change our world, one child at a time.

Since inception, the Children’s Cancer Foundation and its charity partners have funded critical projects to the value of $56,487,707. The Foundation’s genuine and dedicated focus on clinical research and clinical trials is based in the knowledge that well-resourced clinical research programs, integrated into clinical practice, lift survival rates and reduce debilitating side effects experienced by children with cancer, including amputation, infertility, hearing loss and brain damage.

The Foundation recognises that clinical trials are often the only way for children to access the best available treatments in the world, including promising new childhood cancer drugs and other innovative treatments such as immunotherapy.

“The Foundation’s fundraising endeavours deliver impact. That is why Smell of Hope chose to work collaboratively in a fundraising partnership with them, to contribute towards projects that will see the day that children’s cancer no longer exists.”


Smell of Hope’s candle, diffusers and hand cream range are all made in Australia with the scent and name behind every product carrying a special meaning and purpose. You can check them out at smellofhope.org

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