Young baker raises money for Star­ship

Kind six-year-old starts cook­ing at 5am

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CHLOE WIN­TER

Wai­tan­girua mother Shari-ana Clif­ford is proud that her 6-year-old daugh­ter, Ella- Ruth, raised $ 830 for Star­ship Hos­pi­tal.

Ella-Ruth wakes up at 5am to bake cakes so she can sell them to raise money for the chil­dren at the hos­pi­tal.

She said she wanted the chil­dren to have more ice-blocks and new felt pens.

‘‘I wanted to give them [Star­ship] more money so they could buy more for the sick kids.’’

Ella-Ruth, a pupil at Post­gate School, said the idea came af­ter her brother had to go there for eye surgery.

‘‘I wanted to do it be­cause when we went up to Auck­land my brother split his eye open and we had to go to hos­pi­tal.

‘‘They gave us ice-blocks and pens and lol­lies, but there wasn’t enough, so I wanted to give them money.’’

Ms Clif­ford, 23, said she was sur­prised and proud of her daugh­ter when she came to her ask­ing about rais­ing money for Star­ship. ‘‘I thought she was jok­ing.’’ Ini­tially Ms Clif­ford gave her daugh­ter money, but Ella- Ruth was hop­ing for more.

‘‘She wanted more money, so we said to her that she needed to do some­thing to raise money.

‘‘We are try­ing to teach her the value of money, that it doesn’t just come eas­ily, so she sug­gested bak­ing.’’

When Ella-Ruth start­ing bak­ing three weeks ago, she got up at about 4am and baked 24 cakes.

She said her daugh­ter had taught her that what she had was enough.

‘‘Some peo­ple don’t even have what I have – a house over my head and warmth – and there are peo­ple out there who need more.’’

Ella- Ruth and her fam­ily are trav­el­ling to Auck­land on Fri­day to de­liver the money they have raised.

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