Young Milan’s gift of generosity

Milan, 10, with some of the gifts collected for ill children. Photo by Joe Mastroianni.

By Alesha Capone

Tarneit youngster Milan is again using his birthday as a way to help other children.

Milan, who will be 10 next month, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was just three years old.

This November will mark three years since his last chemotherapy treatment.

In 2015, when he was still undergoing chemotherapy, Milan told his mother he wanted to share his birthday with other patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Magic for Milan, an annual event during which Milan and his family collect presents and vouchers for children with cancer, was born.

This year, Magic for Milan will also be raising funds for Challenge, a charity which supports children with cancer and their families.

Milan said he was happy to see the community getting behind his fundraising efforts, because he and his siblings had attended some of Challenge’s programs.

Milan’s school, Tarneit P-9 College, will host a fundraising day with the theme “Be Your Hero” on September 21.

Parents from Werribee’s Flames Basketball Club have also donated books and puzzles.

“I’d like to say thank you to everybody for the donations and for helping,” Milan said.

See or to make a donation, or contact

Gifts or voucher, suitable for children of birth age through to adolescents, can be send to care of Magic for Milan, Challenge, 429-535 King Street, West Melbourne, 3003.