Heartkids cham­pi­ons meet on Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CANNONVALE teenager Ge­orgie Now­ell is prov­ing her­self a real HeartKids cham­pion by rais­ing aware­ness of child­hood heart dis­ease (CHD).

Last week­end, the 15-year-old schoolgirl at­tended the third an­nual HeartKids Qld char­ity golf day at the Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club, where she met up with V8 rac­ing cham­pion Craig Lown­des.

Ge­orgie, whose nine-year-old sis­ter Ella has been fight­ing the dis­ease since birth, has been cam­paign­ing for HeartKids Qld by rac­ing a branded HeartKids go-kart around the state.

On Sun­day, her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion were rewarded with the op­por­tu­nity to meet Lown­des, who is also a cham­pion of the HeartKids cause.

At their meet­ing, Ge­orgie spoke openly and hon­estly about the chal­lenges of fight­ing CHD and how HeartKids Qld helps.

“I am of­ten asked what is HeartKids? And to be hon­est I can never ex­plain ex­actly what it is or what it means to me be­cause words can not de­scribe what HeartKids does for sick ba­bies and their fam­i­lies,” Ge­orgie said. “Yes it helps raise aware­ness for sick ba­bies with life-threat­en­ing heart prob­lems, but un­til you have walked through the heart wards and ICU at the hos­pi­tal and said “good­bye and I love you”, not know­ing if that's the last time you're ever go­ing to see your daugh­ter, son, brother or sis­ter again... no one ever re­ally knows what it's like un­less you've been in the shoes of those peo­ple and that's what I feel my role is, be­cause I know what it's like and I want to help HeartKids,” she said.

The char­ity golf day, or­gan­ised by Hamil­ton Is­land res­i­dents Kerri and Troy Martin, was a sell-out event that raised over $38,000 for the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the lives of chil­dren born with CHD.

Emma Hart from HeartKids Qld said the money raised would pro­vide as­sis­tance for fam­i­lies through its fam­ily sup­port, aware­ness and ad­vo­cacy pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.heartkid­sqld.org.au.

MEET­ING OF CHAM­PI­ONS: Ella, Ge­orgie and Thomas Now­ell (left) and thier dad Tim Now­ell (right) with V8 rac­ing cham­pion Craig Lown­des (cen­tre) at the HeartKids Qld char­ity golf day held at the Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club last week­end.

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