Birth­day boy helps out hos­pi­tal

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - RUBY MACANDREW

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.

FAIR­FAX NZ/RUBY MACANDREW

Three-year-old Ed­die will spend his birth­day fundrais­ing.

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