All in for Ocean’s jour­ney

Waihi Leader - - News - By MELANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

An En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity Ball is mak­ing Ocean’s dream of walk­ing com­ing one step closer.

It is a race against the clock for mother Kris­ten Waite, who is hop­ing to raise funds for her daugh­ter’s surgery.

Three-year-old Ocean Stephen of Waihi is af­fected by cere­bral palsy, a con­di­tion which im­pairs her legs’ mo­bil­ity due to brain dam­age.

The surgery is planned for July 31 and Kris­ten needs to raise $150,000 for surgery and post surgery treat­ment in both the United States and New Zealand.

At this stage, $60,000 has been raised but Kris­ten says there is still a long way to go.

“If we do not man­age to raise the full amount be­fore we leave for Ocean’s surgery then we will have to fundraise af­ter­wards,” she says.

For her surgery, which in­cludes three weeks’ com­pul­sory ther­apy, Ocean’s mum needs to raise another $30,000 be­fore the dead­line on June 15.

“This date is when the full amount for the surgery [with the ther­apy] needs to be paid by.

“She [Ocean] does not have any op­tion not to get the surgery as her right leg has started to de­te­ri­o­rate. It ro­tates more and more in­wards mean­ing it is af­fect­ing her hips, and I want to avoid fur­ther dam­age. Not hav­ing the amount in time means another 10 months on the wait­ing list for her chance to get the surgery,” she says.

The rest of the money is needed for her re­cov­ery ther­apy in New Zealand for the next two years.

Over the past few months, sev­eral fundrais­ing events have taken place in Waihi and the pair has been sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­nity. In­di­vid­u­als, a sup­port team known as The Ocean Project, schools and pre-schools and busi­nesses have got be­hind the cause.

An En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity ball is planned on Satur­day, June 2 at Katikati’s Fairview Golf and Coun­try Club.

The R18 event will present spe­cial guest band, The Mon­roes play­ing live and se­ries of prizes and auc­tions through­out the night.

“It is not a Dis­ney-themed fairy­tale ball but it’s an adult ver­sion, which can in­clude ball gown dress up. Fancy dresses are open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion and there will be a prize for the best dressed,” she says.

Kris­ten says that Ocean will be present at the start of the evening too.

“More sur­prises are to come but we are still tun­ing the finer de­tails,” she says.

Auc­tions will in­clude a diner and night pack­age in Piha, sev­eral half hour scenic flights from Waihi Beach pi­lot Dave Evans, some art­work from a Raglan artist and more. “And more is to come,” she says. Kris­ten was hop­ing to se­cure a shut­tle for the ball-go­ers to and from the venue.

Drinks will be avail­able to pur­chase on site and canapes will be served for the guests.

Four cor­po­rate table are avail­able to book and tick­ets num­ber are lim­ited.

PHOTO / CHAS­ING LIGHT, www.chas­ing­light.co.nz

Waihi mum Kris­ten Waite and her three­year-old daugh­ter Ocean Stephen are ready for the En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity ball com­ing in Katikati.

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