Fly­ing in face of di­a­betes


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

Eight-year-old Mor­gan Wray has hearts soar­ing with his fundrais­ing en­deav­our. Di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes, he has come up with a pa­per plane com­pe­ti­tion to raise funds for Telethon.

A DI­A­BETES di­ag­no­sis can hit any­body for six, but for one young Hil­ton boy it only made him more de­ter­mined to help oth­ers.

Eight-year-old Mor­gan Wray, who was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes last year, ap­proached his mum Sasha with the idea to hold a fundraiser to help other chil­dren liv­ing with di­a­betes.

“At his first an­niver­sary of be­ing di­ag­nosed with T1 di­a­betes he wanted to do some­thing to sig­nify a year with di­a­betes; the whole fam­ily did,” Ms Wray said.

“Mor­gan has al­ways been a very thought­ful and car­ing boy, so his de­sire to help other kids and fam­i­lies go­ing through what he does doesn’t sur­prise me.”

The young origami fan de­cided on a pa­per plane com­pe­ti­tion for the fundraiser and is invit­ing lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren to try their pa­per fold­ing skills out for the good cause.

For $3, chil­dren be­tween five and 12 can en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, re­ceiv­ing an A4 piece of pa­per to fold into any type of plane they want.

All pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Telethon Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre.

“I like pa­per planes and pa­per fold­ing,” Mor­gan said.

“I have got type 1 di­a­betes and it would be good for other peo­ple to know about it.”

The Hil­ton com­mu­nity has ral­lied be­hind young Mor­gan’s idea, with Hil­ton Pri­mary School pro­vid­ing the judges, Fre­man­tle PCYC the venue and lo­cal busi­nesses of­fer­ing up prizes.

Ms Wray said she felt it was im­por­tant to sup­port chil­dren when they wanted to give some­thing back.

The pa­per plane com­pe­ti­tion is open to all lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren and will be held at the Fre­man­tle PCYC on Oc­to­ber 24.

Reg­is­tra­tions open at 3.15pm, with the event to start at 3.45pm.

Call Ms Wray on 0402 550 469 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d473981

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d473981

Mor­gan Wray is putting pa­per plane mak­ing to good use.

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