Young baker raises money for Starship
Kind six-year-old starts cooking at 5am
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.