StarBuddy burns up Matamata’s streets
Matamata’s Tiago Pinheiro little boy with a big heart.
He suffers from neuroblastoma,
is a a rare type of cancer that almost always occurs in infants and young children.
Tiago and his mum Jo Gordon were driven up Broadway in a V8 ute on Saturday thanks to the youngster being the first recipient of new charity StarBuddy.
The four-year-old was stoked, Gordon said. ‘‘He loves cars and trucks.’’ Gordon didn’t tell Tiago about the ride too many days before in case his neuroblastoma played up and stopped the fun from happening.
StarBuddy is the brainchild of Hamilton woman Joy Adams, who wants to create a memorable
event for children dealing with cancer or disabilities.
Adams, who travels the country performing country music, said she literally dreamed up the idea for the trust four months ago. She said it works perfectly with her day job. ‘‘I have the perfect job.
‘‘ I travel the country performing and I can get StarPledges from the groups and sell a CD of original New Zealand country music by a variety of musicians that I put together while I am at it,’’ she said.
StarPledges are a donation of $500 which goes towards securing a child a ride in a hot rod or truck, and a musical instrument of their choice. Tiago chose his own blue ukulele.
A portion of the pledge will also go to local charities that help each child. In Tiago’s case Matamata’s St John was the recipient of $150 and the Waikato Child Cancer trust also received a portion of the fund.
StarBuddy already has StarPledges for children in Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Hastings, Nelson, Porirua, Pukekohe and two in Taupo.
JOYFUL TIME: StarBuddy creator Joy Adams teaches Tiago Pinheiro how to play his new ukulele.