Ev­ery lit­tle rock helps

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Gemma Lovewell might only be six years old but she has a keen sense when it comes to help­ing peo­ple. Ev­ery­one in her Whitby house­hold has a char­ity they sup­port and Gemma’s is the Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. Her rea­son­ing is sim­ple: ‘‘There are lots of sick chil­dren there that can’t do things like we can.’’

It is the hospi­tal’s 100-year an­niver­sary and Gemma has a goal to raise $100 for them – on top of the pocket money she al­ready do­nates. One of her favourite hob­bies is mak­ing pet rocks. Last school hol­i­days she swung into ac­tion for her cause mak­ing these.

Small rocks from the Ngati­toa Do­main fore­shore were col­lected and Mum, dad and brother Daniel helped Gemma give them per­son­al­ity with goo­gly eyes, glit­ter, stripes and spots.

The pet rocks are $1 and ‘‘vir­tual’’ rocks are avail­able for $2.

Through word- of- mouth and a web­site – petrock­fac­tory. snap­pages.com/home.htm – 80 have al­ready been sold.

Or­ders for the dig­i­tal pals have come from as far afield as Lon­don and San Fran­cisco.

Mum Robyn says Gemma has been fo­cused on her task.

‘‘When she gets an idea she com­mits to it, that’s for sure.’’

Early next month, Gemma will hand in her do­na­tion. The staff know her well from pre­vi­ous vis­its.

Gemma’s pet rocks are on sale un­til July 31. As we went to press she was $15 off her tar­get.

Rockin’ it: Gemma Lovewell is an ex­pert pet rock-maker and is us­ing her tal­ent to raise money for a wor­thy cause.

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