An­nie’s dream will help sick chil­dren

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LONG-TERM Whit­sun­day lo­cal An­nie Free­man’s dream will come true on July 6 when she launches a pre-loved re­tail shop in Ju­bilee Pocket.

An­nie’s Lit­tle Trea­sures will pro­vide a vari­erty of sec­ond hand cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories and knick knacks for a mix­ture of ages.

The money raised from sales will be do­nated to fam­i­lies who have to travel ex­ten­sively for their sick chil­dren.

Ms Free­man was in­spired to cre­ate An­nie’s Lit­tle Trea­sures three years ago when she had to travel to Bris­bane for the surgery of her nine-year-old son and was re­quired to stay in Bris­bane for four months for his on­go­ing surgery.

“When I would go to bed I would pray that all those lit­tle faces I saw in the kid’s room dur­ing that day would still be there with those huge big smiles on their faces the next morn­ing,” she said.

On a re­turn trip to the hospi­tal, this time to visit a friend’s son, Ms Free­man promised her­self that one day she was go­ing to do some­thing to help these fam­i­lies.

“At the time I didn’t know what I was go­ing to do, or how I was go­ing to do it, but af­ter all these years, the open­ing of An­nie’s Lit­tle Trea­sures will see my dream come true,” she said.

The open­ing of An­nie’s Lit­tle Trea­sures will be held on Sun­day, July 6 at the store based at Whit­sun­day Dive Academy.

Ms Free­man will re­serve the open­ing day to raise funds for the Lith­waite fam­ily whose twoand-a-half year old daugher has been dis­agonsed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to do­nate adult’s and chil­dren’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories as well as vol­un­teer to as­sist in store.

TREA­SURES: An­nie Free­man will open a preloved re­tail store in Ju­bilee Pocket on July 6.

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