Birthday boy helps out hospital
While many kids turning four would be happy with toys and a cake on their birthday, one Wellington preschooler asked to celebrate his big day a bit differently.
Three-year-old Eddie who turns four on September 30 told his mum, blogger Emily Writes that he wanted to spend the entire day fundraising for Wellington Children’s Hospital.
Eddie had previously spent a lot of time at the hospital being treated for respiratory problems and Writes said he was aware that during that time others were out fundraising; a gesture he wanted to replicate now that he was well.
‘‘I want to shake the buckets for the babies.’’ he said.
Last year Writes, her husband and Eddie took part in the Children’s Hospital’s annual appeal day outside the railway station.
While she recalled it being a wet and windy day, she said Eddie remembered it far differently.
‘‘He just knew that people smiled at him, put money in his bucket and he gave them stickers in return.’’
For this year’s appeal Writes had set out with the intention of filling six buckets, the equivalent of around $600 worth of money for the hospital.
It was a goal she admitted she was nervous about reaching, but the fear had been alleviated with more $2,500 pledged, well before the official collection day.
More than a dozen businesses, including Vodafone, Weta Workshop, and NZ Post had requested hosting Eddie on the day.
‘‘He’s been practising saying hello to people for his big day when he’s going out to all the businesses,’’ Writes said.
While she anticipated the day being a busy one, she was hopeful they would have time to stop by the children’s hospital itself and show their gratitude for the work staff did on a daily basis.
‘‘I think sometimes we don’t appreciate that we have this whole place full of geniuses who just go above and beyond for children,’’ she said.
Wellington Hospitals Foundation Chairman Bill Day said lion mascot ‘Hospi’ would be on hand to welcome Eddie and his family when they arrived.
‘‘We all can’t believe this wee man and what he’s doing, we’re just really proud,’’ he said.
Day said that there was no set amount he hoped the appeal would raise but said 100 per cent of the money would go directly to Wellington Children’s Hospital.
The facility was the first of it’s kind in New Zealand, and each year more than 30,000 children pass through its doors.
Three-year-old Eddie will spend his birthday fundraising.