En­joy Amanda’s legacy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

d460401 There have been 13 cases of meningo­coc­cal in­fec­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tions in WA so far this year. There have been two deaths in the past two years – Septem­ber 2016 and Oc­to­ber 2015. Meningo­coc­cal dis­ease can be a se­vere in­fec­tion, but most peo­ple make a full re­cov­ery. Some of the symp­toms in­clude fever, vom­it­ing or dif­fi­culty feed­ing, rapid breath­ing or pant­ing and lethargy (ex­treme tired­ness) or dif­fi­cult to wake. PEO­PLE will be able to sit and re­lax and en­joy the roses at Amanda’s Gar­den Fete.

The Amanda Young Foun­da­tion will hold its an­nual fundraiser for meningo­coc­cal aware­ness at the corner of Mar­garet and Mati­son streets in South­ern River from 10am to 4.30pm on Oc­to­ber 22 and 23.

A col­lec­tion of David Austen’s tea and climb­ing roses adorn­ing the nu­mer­ous arches will pro­vide a colour­ful dis­play at the event.

There will be wa­ter fea­tures with a Monet bridge, Louisiana iris and a large va­ri­ety of plants, trees and shrubs.

Guests will also be able to en­joy the art dis­plays, plants, cake, jam and fresh honey sales and mu­sic pro­vided on Sun­day by the Gosnells Men’s Shed.

The foun­da­tion was in­au­gu­rated in 1998 fol­low­ing 18-year-old Amanda’s sud­den death from meningo­coc­cal sep­ti­caemia af­ter an Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties re­gatta in Pen­rith NSW.

The aims of the foun­da­tion are to cre­ate aware­ness of the swift and lethal na­ture of the dis­ease, sup­port sur­vivors, fund rel­e­vant lo­cal re­search projects at UWA and en­cour­age youth lead­er­ship. En­try is $5 and chil­dren are free. Go to www.aman­day­oung­foun­da­tion.org.au for more.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Barry Young with his daugh­ter Amanda's horse Beau. The horse is 38 years old and Barry and his wife Lor­raine got Beau for Amanda when she was born in 1979, keep­ing Beau af­ter Amanda died in 1997. SOME FACTS ON MENINGO­COC­CAL IN­FEC­TION

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