Saunders family

Parmalat Australia has banded together with a few of its corporate partners to fulfill the life long dreams of a 15 year-old Gympie girl suffering a rare form of cancer.


Tayla Saunders first appeared on Parmalat’s radar through the Brisbane branch of Ronald McDonald House. CEO Craig Garvin and several other local staff were immediately taken with the young girl’s courage and positive outlook on life. Favors were called into provide the massive Broncos Rugby League fan and her family with a special trip to Sydney.


With the support of Channel 9, Virgin Australia and Mantra Hotels, Tayla, her mother Natalie, and younger sisters Hayley and Skyla were treated to a special trip to Sydney to watch the filming and meet the stars of the Channel 9 Footy Show. The girls’ first trip on an aeroplane followed other unique experiences, including the opportunity for Tayla to run her beloved Broncos onto Suncorp Stadium.


“You can only sit back and marvel at the way Tayla confronts her health challenges,” Craig Garvin said. “Her courage and positive outlook is truly inspirational. It was at the beckoning of some of our team in Brisbane that we do something special for Tayla and her family, and I want to thank all the companies that came on board to help us achieve that goal.”


Tayla was just seven when she was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma, a form of cancer rarely found in young children.


Her condition requires weekly treatment in Brisbane, which makes the contribution of Ronald McDonald House invaluable.