A Peter Rabbit bounce for charity
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/