Hol­lie’s hip to the groove

Banks Pub­lic School is hold­ing a fundrais­ing disco for Year 2 stu­dent Hol­lie Kennedy’s med­i­cal ex­penses.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

ST CLAIR’S Banks Pub­lic School is host­ing a disco fundraiser to sup­port Year 2 stu­dent Hol­lie Kennedy, who lives with a con­di­tion af­fect­ing her hear­ing and eye­sight.

Hol­lie, 8, of St Clair, has neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis, which re­sults in tumours grow­ing through­out her body.

These re­quire con­stant mon­i­tor­ing, and now Hol­lie needs surgery. De­spite be­ing largely deaf in one ear, the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing her sight and spend­ing time at the hospi­tal, ev­ery­one at Banks Pub­lic School knows Hol­lie as a “beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl”.

To help raise money for Hol­lie’s med­i­cal bills, teacher and fundrais­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Kim Dunn asked for per­mis­sion to host a disco. “Hol­lie loves danc­ing so we thought what could we do that would be a fun thing and get ev­ery­one on board,” Ms Dunn said. The gen­eral pub­lic is in­vited to the fam­ily-friendly disco, which will be held in the school’s un­der- cover area on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18 from 6pm. There will be games, raf­fles, food and an ice cream truck.

Ms Dunn said she hoped res­i­dents would sup­port Hol­lie, whose pos­i­tive out­look is in­spi­ra­tional.

“She is such an easy­go­ing child. Ev­ery­body loves Hol­lie,” she said.

Hol­lie said she felt “very spe­cial” know­ing the disco was or­gan­ised in her hon­our. “I also feel very happy be­cause I am thank­ful for all these peo­ple help­ing me.”

Tick­ets ($10 adults, $5 chil­dren) can be bought from the school’s of­fice. Details: 9670 6506.

She is such an easy­go­ing child. Ev­ery­body loves Hol­lie – Kim Dunn

Hol­lie Kennedy ( cen­tre) with friends Ale­cia Hal­li­gan and Jazmin Catic. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Hol­lie (cen­tre) per­fects her danc­ing moves with friends Ale­cia Hal­li­gan and Jazmin Catic. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

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