Ella to take on Wick­low Way for Make-A-Wish

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

KILMACANOG­UE girl Ella Ham­mond (10) will tackle the Wick­low Way in or­der to help chil­dren, with do­na­tions go­ing to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

AT the end of June Ella will do two stages of the route, cover­ing 30 kilo­me­tres in two days. ‘I al­ways wanted to do a fundraiser and I am so happy that I get to do this,’ she said. Her mum Michelle will ac­com­pany her, with plenty of sup­port at home from dad Ai­dan and sis­ter Jes­sica.

‘As a child, I think it’s so im­por­tant to make sure ev­ery child has one good day to re­mem­ber when things are tough,’ she said.

Make -A -Wish grant the wishes of chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions. Since 1992 over 2,400 wishes to brave chil­dren across Ire­land have been granted, in­clud­ing 211 wishes granted in 2018. Make A Wish does not re­ceive gov­ern­ment fund­ing and re­lies on peo­ple like Ella to raise money.

She has al­ready raised over €600, and is grate­ful to Kilmacanog­ue Na­tional School for al­low­ing her to do a sum­mer t-shirt day.

Her cubs have also done a col­lec­tion to sup­port the fund, as has Ai­dan - he is do­nat­ing a per­cent­age of client fees from his busi­ness Bike fit­ting Ire­land to Make-A-Wish.

A spokesman for Make-AWish paid a visit to the cubs last week to make a pre­sen­ta­tion about the work done by the foundation. The cubs have also been do­ing reg­u­lar walks to earn a badge, so Ella should have no problems tackling the ter­rain.

‘She can’t wait for the walk,’ said Michelle. ‘The ex­cite­ment is off the charts!’

To make a do­na­tion, look up Ella’s Wick­low Way Chal­lenge on ev­ery­day­hero.com.

Ella Ham­mond.

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