(Junior MasterChef doubles as Ambassador for The Kids’ Cancer Project.)
(Every kid counts. Jack Kibble now champions The Kids’ Cancer Project on a global scale.)
The Kids’ Cancer Project is a nonprofit that aims to find a cure for childhood cancer by actively supporting relevant medical research that promises effective treatment. Many kids fell victim to cancer and lost the battle without even having a chance to see and explore this wonderful world. To give kids struggling with cancer at least a fighting chance to make it through maturity as most healthy kids, The Kids’ Cancer Project, founded in 1993, works hard to raise both public awareness of childhood cancer and funds for advanced medical research.
(Nothing beats the feeling that you can actually help people in a meaningful way. Jack’s big smile says it all.)
After participating in the Junior MasterChef Australia, Jack received bountiful love from his fans but he never had delusions of grandeur. Instead, Jack began to think about how he could make positive, meaningful contributions to society. The Kids’ Cancer Project came as a no-brainer, and with good reason. Dubbed the Ambassador for the organization, Jack makes sure that The Kids’ Cancer Project appears with him whenever he is invited to a cooking or social event. Jack is truly a Junior MasterChef with a heart of gold and a mission. He now takes another five questions from me concerning his noble journey parallel with cooking.
(Meet Jack Kibble and his cuddly partner Charlie on his noble journey parallel with cooking.)
SJ: Describe the activities you perform as the Ambassador for The Kids’ Cancer Project.
Jack Kibble: My role as the Ambassador for The Kids’ Cancer Project is to promote awareness in our community about cancer in kids and to help raise much needed funds to find a cure for cancer. As the Runner Up to Junior Master Chef, I am in the unique position of being a public figure. This gives me the opportunity to use this for a good cause. I have been so lucky, with my health. I have had my share of scary accidents, but not without a cure. Wouldn’t it be great if I played a part in finding a cure for cancer, then I would really be a public figure, for all the right reasons.
(Jack poses with Charlie at many charity events. You can show your support to The Kids’ Cancer Project and take “Jack’s great partner” home by donating at www.thekidscancerproject.org.au)
SJ: The Project is itself a very worthy cause. But was there a trigger for your initial involvement?
Jack Kibble: The cause is a worthy cause, but you are right there was a trigger. This is what makes it more important to me. After I finished filming Junior MasterChef, a young girl who was in hospital having treatment for cancer needed some cheering up. She really loved the show. I think her favorite was Greta, but given I lived in Brisbane, I was the next best thing. I went to the hospital to share some time with her and her family. We had photos and signed the Junior MasterChef cookbook. I really thought that she would get better; I thought with all the modern medicines we have that she would be out of hospital in no time. Sadly I was wrong; she passed away some time after my visit. This made me really think about what I could do to make a difference, even if my contribution is very small, I know in my heart that I have made the effort to make things different for other children as they fight their battle with cancer. I hope one day we will find a cure.
(September is the month of CupCakes for Cure when Jack engages over 9,000 schools and organizations across Australia in making and selling cupcakes for the primary goal of finding a cure for children’s cancer.)
SJ: What have you learnt from working for the Project?
Jack Kibble: I have learnt that life is sometimes unfair, and that you have to deal with the challenges you are given. I have learnt that I am really lucky to have my health. But the most important thing that I have learnt is to be strong and never give up. You know, some people complain that they don’t have the latest smart phone… really… others worry if they are going to live through the night. This really puts things into perspective.
(Let’s all show up at the Cupcakes for a Cure event nearest you.)
SJ: Do you have an inspirational story that you can share with us?
Jack Kibble: Cancer is such a dreadful disease. How many children will lose their battle with cancer, before we find this cure. I don’t know, but I know we will find a cure for cancer; it is just a matter of time. There are so many children battling cancer, it seems unfair to highlight any one of them as more inspirational than the others. What I want most to share with everyone, is my desire to make a difference and help find a cure for cancer. I know we can do it.
SJ: How’d you like to see the Project evolve with you taking the lead?
Jack Kibble: I would like to see The Kids’ Cancer Project start to go global and support some of the best cancer research programs in the world. I think cancer awareness is something that needs to be done all over the world because everybody knows what cancer is but they don’t know how it comes to being or how it can be treated and the pain and stress that beholds all over the family. Because at the end, it’s live or die, the family is the thing that is needed most. Not many people around the world understand what the families with children with cancer go through. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes… this should give us some idea what it’s like.
(Don’t hesitate when blessed with a chance to help others. Follow Jack’s example so that together we can change the world.)
Jack’s Cupcake Recipe:
Make your own cupcakes by following Jack’s secret recipe. Don’t forget to share the spirit of The Kids’ Cancer Project with the world!
Sooper Jerry’s Note:
You can learn more about Jack and his meteoric rise to fame in the wake of the Junior MasterChef Australia competition by clicking on Face-to-Face with Junior MasterChef Jack Kibble.