Tahlina Paul organises breast cancer fundraiser at Telarah Public School for mother Sandy Paul

A local 10-year-old organised a school fundraiser all on her own to support her mother’s journey through breast cancer.

Tahlina Paul raised $1132.45 from the fundraiser at Telarah Public School, which was held on the last day of term three.

Young Tahlina had to learn the hard way about what breast cancer was when her mother Sandy was diagnosed with the disease at just 42-years-old in November 2015.

A mammogram found three tumors in one of her breasts, so she opted for a double mastectomy in December.

The surgeons found another six tumours during the operation.

Ms Paul is in recovery now, but her daughter wanted to do something to help sufferers in need.

“Mum’s had it, and I just want to help other ladies out there survive from it,” Tahlina said.

In what was an eye opening experience for Tahlina, she has managed to remain positive through something so negative.

“[I’ve learned that] you need to believe in yourself and stay strong,” she said, “and that life’s too short not to be happy.”

So she set out to organise a fundraiser at her school.

Tahlina approached businesses without anyone’s help and managed to source large donations of goods for the day.

The day involved tattoos, hairspraying, cupcakes and the very popular sponge the teacher.

All proceeds will go to the Newcastle Pink Ribbon Riders for their annual motorbike ride from Hexham to Denman, which Sandy is taking part in this year.

The Newcastle Pink Ribbon Riders raise money for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, where all of the funds are locally spent.

Tahlina also managed to spread the message throughout her school, and educate other students about the disease.

“I’ve let them know that people can suffer from different cancers and it’s great to help out,” she said.

Ms Paul said she was extremely proud of her daughter.

“She’s done a fantastic job,” she said.

Newcastle Pink Ribbon Riders organiser Cathro Freeman said she was very appreciative for the support.

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