High time for Hol­lie at disco

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

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.

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