Standing up for Canberra

90 Second Statement: Mrs Ianna

Rocked by the tragic news that their beloved kindy teacher Mrs Ianna had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and only months left with her family - including her three year old and six year old - the Torrens Primary School community turned their grief into something positive.

They got the Canberra community together for a night of friendship, food and entertainment, to raise funds to fulfil Mrs Ianna's wish to take her family to Alice Springs.

Last week that community raised more than $10,000 to make Mrs Ianna’s wish come true.

It was an extraordinary effort, by extraordinary people, for an extraordinary woman and a showcase of the generosity and the big heart of the people of Canberra.

Today I want to thank and send a big bravo out to Amber Nichols and the brilliant performers on the night.

A Bite to Eat Chifley - for hosting the event and organising your suppliers to donate food and drinks including Food Link, Regional Fruit and Veg, Two Birds Brewery.

Chifley Grocer for donating the proceeds from all coffees, milkshakes and ice creams.

Virgin Australia for flying the family to Alice Springs at no charge.

Elite Event Technology for supplying the stage and sound.

Genplus for supplying the generator.

The Bravery - Media & PR for pro bono publicity services. The Republic of Everyone for designing the amazing flyer for free.  

Heart Story Photography for donating a complimentary family portrait.

Flash Printing in Fyshwick.

I am so proud of everyone involved. Thank you so much.