StarBuddy burns up Mata­mata’s streets

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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JOY­FUL TIME: StarBuddy cre­ator Joy Adams teaches Ti­ago Pin­heiro how to play his new ukulele.

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