A Peter Rab­bit bounce for char­ity

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

HAR­RI­SON Cough­lin, 9, is the only per­son in the coun­try with his ge­netic ab­nor­mal­ity, which is so rare that it doesn’t even have a name.

Be­cause of tiny rips in his chro­mo­somes, Har­ri­son can’t talk, needs a hand stand­ing up, and re­lies on his fam­ily to shower, dress and feed him.

Which is why the Sony Chil­dren’s Hol­i­day Camp is such a bless­ing.

Har­ri­son’s mum Melanie Cough­lin from Tur­ra­murra said car­ing for him can be ex­haust­ing. But, at a re­cent hol­i­day camp at St Joseph’s Hunters Hill, 18-year-old Will Farhart looked af­ter Har­ri­son for four days. Will and Har­ri­son forged such a bond that both boys found it hard to part.

“We need peo­ple like Will in so­ci­ety, who want to care for kids with dis­abil­i­ties be­cause it’s hard work for par­ents,” Mrs Cough­lin said. “Har­ri­son was fol­low­ing Will just like they were broth­ers, and you could tell by the look on his face he was so happy.”

With a few days of respite, Mrs Cough­lin was able to rest and give her two other sons more at­ten­tion than usual. THERE WILL BE SPE­CIAL AD­VANCE SCREEN­INGS OF THE NEW PETER RAB­BIT MOVIE NEXT SUN­DAY MARCH 11, WITH PRO­CEEDS GO­ING TO THE SONY FOUN­DA­TION’S HOL­I­DAY CAMP PRO­GRAM. TO BOOK TICK­ETS AND FIND A CINEMA NEAR YOU, GO TO: SONYFOUNDATION. ORG/NEWS/PETER-RABBITSUPPORTS- SONY- FOUN­DA­TION/

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