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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Xavier’s spreading good karma

Xavier Neil may only be 10 but over the past three years he has raised more money for charity than most. 

The youngster is passionate about helping people who are impacted by cancer, and says his ultimate dream is to see a world without the disease. 

To do “his part” Xavier participates in SurFebruary, an initiative from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse that calls on participants to “catch a wave” everyday during the month while raising funds for the cancer charity. 

It was after his first campaign in 2019 that Xavier made a plan to do a little more. 

“First up I started doing SurFebruary to raise funds for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, which helps people with cancer and I thought is there anything more I can do,” he said.

“So, I thought of Good X Karma and that’s how it all started.” 

Good X Karma is the Novocastrian’s passion project, Xavier and his mum Emma make and sell soaps and lip balms to donate the profits to the Lifehouse. 

The pair make the items in batches, it takes them a couple of days to cure and cut the soaps and a few hours to make the lip balms. 

They sell them at $8 each online and at stockists around the region.

The total sum of Xavier’s efforts so far is $60,000 and he doesn’t have plans to stop anytime soon. 

“I keep planning to do Good X Karma and hopefully I can start up some more fundraisers,” he said. 

“We know a lot of families who have been touched by cancer and I just want to do my bit to help out.” 

Xavier has also recently been named as an ambassador for Charlie’s Run 4 Kids.

The group raises funds for children affected by cancer by running 150 kilometres over five days while collecting donations for charity Helping A Friend In Need.

While the community rallies around Xavier, no one is more proud of him than his parents. 

“For us when we first spoke about creating Good X Karma it really was a very simple life lesson for Xav on how to give back so it was a little bit surprising how quickly it blew up,” Emma said. 

“It is such a great way for him to learn about giving back to the community and helping others.

“The cancer impact is becoming more and more relevant, there is nobody that we know these days that hasn’t in some way been touched by cancer, so being able to do our tiny little bit all helps. 

“It makes me very very proud of him.” 

Follow @GoodXKarma on Instagram to stay up-to-date with Xavier’s efforts.

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