Mansfield Courier

Helping wishes come true for sick kids

- By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

ETHAN Lovick, 8 years old, is one determined and dedicated youngster who is on a quest to help others - in particular sick kids.

Following a camping trip at Easter time this year Ethan asked his parents Amanda and Kane, if he could continue to sleep in his swag on their return home.

Thinking the novelty would wear off Ethan’s parents agreed and the swag was set up on the front lawn of their home.

But the novelty did not wear off and he asked could he sleep in his swag for the whole of winter, so Amanda and Kane talked with him to see if he would like to put his journey to a good purpose and raise some money for a good cause.

Giving Ethan a list of five different charities which could benefit from fundraisin­g he loved the idea of helping sick kids have a ‘wish come true’ and raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.

The foundation grants wishes to kids who are every ill, or even dying.

However, it takes on average $6500 for each wish to be granted.

So Ethan set his sights on raising enough money to grant one wish.

He has now exceeded the first target and is on his second to grant another sick child a wish he needs $13,000 to do this.

Up until last Wednesday Ethan had raised $8070 and is hoping to continue raising money to help two children.

He has slept outdoors, in his swag, for more than 130 nights to date and is sometimes kept company by a couple of his mates who bring their swags and his two dogs, Louis and PJ.

Amanda said he has not given up even though there have been some nights that were very cold, windy and wet.

“In the June-July school holidays we went to Sheepyard camping and Ethan would not sleep in a hut with the rest of us - he remained true to the cause and slept in his swag outdoors,” Amanda said.

“He has not wavered in his cause.”

Ethan is now very excited about his quest and has been in touch with the Make A Wish Foundation who have said that once the COVID restrictio­ns have eased he can visit their Starlight Rooms and see for himself exactly what they do.

When Ethan has raised his total amount he will be given a list of children who want a wish to come true and he can help choose who will get their wish.

“Just because you’re sick doesn’t mean you stop being a kid and wishing on a Star,” Ethan said on his fundraisin­g site.

“Being sick shouldn’t mean missing out on all the fun of childhood.

“All kids love to wish upon a star and who doesn’t want their wish to come true?

“To make a wish come true, I’m committed to sleeping in my swag until the end of winter (next week - August 31) to raise money so Starlight Wishes can be granted.

“Please help me raise enough money so Starlight can continue to help sick kids simply be kids.”

Donations can be made to Ethan’s fundraisin­g site beyond August 31 and every small donation counts.

To make a donation go to https://starlightf­undraisers.org. au/ethan-lovick?fbclid=IwAR3 QBZjOHH5ac­PazN_xU0LcPIGXI­yy_CENOf9cei1­ht9oUdub2j­CtyxA6U.

 ??  ?? CAMP OUT: Eight-year-old Ethan Lovick, with his dog Louis, is sleeping under the stars while helping to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation which will then in turn give one or two sick children a wish.
CAMP OUT: Eight-year-old Ethan Lovick, with his dog Louis, is sleeping under the stars while helping to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation which will then in turn give one or two sick children a wish.

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