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Paeroa community raises $8000 of ‘fun’ for Waikids

Elly Keeys and Rachael Tissingh

The good deeds of two Paeroa College students last year are now making life more enjoyable for families and patients who attend Waikids Day Stay at Waikato Hospital.

In July, Elly Keeys and Rachael Tissingh (both 17) arrived with $8000 worth of goodies for child cancer patients – all fundraised by their community as part of a ‘Shave for Life’ fundraising concert and head shaving event they organised last year with their friend Ninia Jones.

Thirty members of the Paeroa community had their heads shaved – themselves included.

The girls made contact with Waikids oncology nurse Danielle Polyblank-Finn and asked if they could buy equipment and toys for child cancer patients rather than just donate money.

“They came up and checked out what we had available and what the gaps were in terms of things to keep our patients and families more entertained and comfortable during their stays here,” explains Danielle. The items were delivered in person by Elly and Rachael last month.

Danielle says feedback from the families has been great, and some very excited children and teenagers are now enjoying the multiple iTunes vouchers, an iPod touch, iPad, an iPod speaker dock and radio, as well as plenty for younger patients, like toy trucks and dolls, board games, books, a doctor’s bag and equipment, amongst many more.

Elly and Rachael had previously raised money when they were younger for the national Shave For A Cure campaign, but this time they wanted to do something a bit closer to home and make it a bit more personal so they could see the impact of their fundraising efforts.

“As well as toys, we also bought a whole lot of stuff for the kitchen, like a hydra tap for boiling water so families could have hot drinks, and coffee mugs instead of the standard polystyrene cups – anything we could think of to make the time here any easier,” said Elly.

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