High time for Hollie at disco
THE fundraiser disco put on for Hollie Kennedy proved a success, raising enough money for her surgery.
Mum Leah Peterson said she received a call from St Clair’s Banks Public School informing her they sold about 200 tickets on Friday night and collected $7500 — all for the sake of Hollie’s health.
“I’m over the moon,” Ms Peterson said.
“We’re feeling loved, supported and blown away by the generosity of the community, and the school as well, they are so great.”
Hollie, 8, of St Clair, visits doctors and the hospital at least twice a week as a result of her condition, neurofibromatosis, which causes tumours in the body.
Ms Peterson said Hollie had three – one on the cerebellum, affecting her hearing.
But her surgery, set for January 16 at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, will see a bone-anchored hearing aid implanted to better her directional hearing.
“This will help her learn more efficiently, she won’t have to concentrate on what she is hearing so she can focus on other things,” Ms Peterson said.
“She is super positive, has a heart of gold and is always looking on the bright side.”
A fan of dancing, Hollie had her hair done for the event and wore a dress made for her by a retired woman. Hollie had a great time. “I didn’t see her – she was here, there and everywhere socialising,” her mother said, with a laugh.
Year 2 student Hollie Kennedy.