Striking a cord with mothers

Showing off some of the merchandise that will be on sale during Coin for a Cord Day are Alstonville Inner Wheel Club members (l-r) Shirley Gordon, Lorraine Costello, Maree Pollock, Cheryl Gray, Lexie Pratt and Kath Robb.

The Alstonville Inner Wheel Club will have a stall at the Alstonville Plaza next Friday, April 28, to raise money for national Coin for a Cord Day.

Money raised from the sale of merchandise such as pens and bears will go towards researching how cord blood can be used in stem cell research to heal ailments such as spinal injuries and damaged hearts.

The comforting thing about cord blood research is that the stem cells are sourced from old umbilical cords rather than embryos, which is safe and non-invasive for both mother and baby.

As a mother whose had children Im more than happy to give my umbilical cord to research if I know it could save lives its not like the umbilical cord would be used for anything else anyway, said Alstonville Inner Wheel Club member, Lorraine Costello. Inner Wheel Australia has already raised more than $740,000 and were aiming to hit the million dollar mark this year. Cord blood research has already been used successfully to treat cancer, and we implore people to dig deep and help give someone a second chance at life.

The stall will be open from 9am.


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