Raiders help build Freyja's Garden
A few Canberra Raiders stars headed to Denman Prospect to help build a garden for Freyja who is battling a life threatening illness.
Ahead of people preparing to get together with family and friends for the festive season, a group of local companies have rallied around Freyja Christensen, a young Denman Prospect girl with a rare and life-threatening illness.
Volunteers from Capital Airport Group, the Canberra Raiders, RAM Constructions and the C3 Church Monash have created a garden at six-year-old Freyja’s home, so that in between treatment for a life-threatening cancer in her neck (known as clear-cell sarcoma), she has a place to retreat to.
The garden includes trees and plants, pathways, a cubby house for Freyja and her sisters, and a home for their rabbit, Cottontail. There is also a ‘healing garden’ which has fruit trees, vegetables and herbs.
Raiders’ players Jarrod Croker, Aidan Sezer, Nick Cotric and Jordan Rapana volunteered their time by getting their hands dirty carting wheelbarrows and laying turf for Freya and her sisters to play on. Raiders’ Captain, Jarrod Croker, spoke about the importance of the team giving back to the Canberra Community, ‘The Raiders are always proud and willing to help out the Canberra community and we’re extremely honored to have the chance to come along and help create the garden for Freyja.
I know the boys and I had a great time helping out and the end product will be something Freyja can enjoy.” The cubby house was built by Capital Airport Group, the company developing the new suburb, Denman Prospect, where Freyja and her family recently built their new home.
‘Our company’s philosophy is to lend a helping hand when it’s needed. We were more than happy to help a Canberra family to complete their garden and to bring them some happiness, especially at this time of year’ said Denman Prospect’s Director - Project Delivery, Nick McDonald-Crowley.
RAM Constructions has installed an irrigation system to ensure the garden survives Canberra’s harsh climate, when Freya and her family are away while she undergoes treatment.
Freyja’s family is now just $53,000 off reaching their target of $243,000, to enable her to travel to Europe to receive potentially life-saving treatment.
If you would like to make a donation towards getting Freyja to Europe, go to www.acureforfreyja.com.au