Movie night for a cause

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

A family outdoor movie night will raise money to help improve and extend the lives of children such as Bunbury’s Milania Knapinski.

The Greatest Showman will be screened to raise money for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis South West, a volunteer-run charity with a primary focus on research.

The charity has funded vital research into the disease from WA over the past 15 years.

McKitterick Chartered Accountants director Brooke McKitterick said the event would be held at Bunbury Recreation Ground on February 10.

“It will be a beautiful night for families, with the sun setting over the ocean, food vans on the oval followed by a family-friendly movie under the stars,” she said.

“My friend’s son has cystic fibrosis and I see the impact of the daily treatment regime on him and the whole family.

“This event wouldn’t have been possible without funding from the City of Bunbury community event grants.”

Milania’s mother Clare Yearsley said her daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and had to spend six to seven weeks in hospital when she was born.

“Research has increased the life expectancy considerably but we have to keep going, for our Milania and the 3300 other Australians with CF,” Ms Yearsley said.

As well as the research funded by charities like Conquer Cystic Fibrosis, there are promising treatments on the horizon set to benefit Milania and others.

That includes Orkambi, the $250,000 per year drug which the CF community continues to fight to have added to the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme.

Tickets are available at trybooking.com for $10 with children aged under two given free entry.

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