Let’s make a lit­tle girl's wish come true

Waihi mum Kris­ten Waite and her three-year-old daugh­ter Ocean Stephen are ready for the En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity ball com­ing up in Katikati.

Katikati Advertiser - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN

An En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity ball is one more step to­wards Ocean’s dream of walk­ing com­ing true.

It is a race against the clock for mother Kris­ten Waite who is hop­ing to get funds for her daugh­ter’s surgery.

Three-year-old Ocean Stephen of Waihi is af­fected by cere­bral palsy, a con­di­tion which im­pairs her legs’ mo­bil­ity due to brain dam­age.

The surgery is planned for July 31 and Kris­ten needs to raise $150,000 for surgery and post surgery treat­ment in both the United States and New Zealand.

At this stage, $60,0000 was raised but Kris­ten says there is still a long way to go.

“If we do not man­age to raise the full amount be­fore we leave for Ocean’s surgery then we will have to fundraise after­wards,” she says.

For her surgery which in­cludes a three-week com­pul­sory ther­apy, Ocean’s mum needs to raise an­other $30,000 be­fore the dead­line on June 15.

“This date is when the full amount for the surgery with the ther­apy needs to be paid by.

“She [Ocean] does not have any op­tion not to get the surgery as her right leg has started to de­te­ri­o­rate, it ro­tates more and more in­wards mean­ing it is af­fect­ing her hips, and I want to avoid fur­ther dam­age. Not hav­ing the amount in time means an­other 10 months on the wait­ing list for her chance to get the surgery,” she says.

The rest of the amount is needed for her re­cov­ery ther­apy in New Zealand for the next two years.

Over the past few months, sev­eral fundrais­ing events have taken place in Waihi and the pair have been sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In­di­vid­u­als, a sup­port team known as The Ocean Project, schools and preschools and busi­nesses got be­hind the cause.

An En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity ball is planned on Satur­day, June 2 at Katikati’s Fairview Golf and Coun­try Club.

The R18 event will present spe­cial guest band, The Mon­roes play­ing live and a se­ries of prizes and auc­tions through­out the night.

“It is not a Dis­ney-themed fairy­tale ball but it’s adult ver­sion which can in­clude ball gown dress up. Fancy dresses are open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion and there will be a prize for the best dressed,” she says.

Kris­ten says that Ocean will be there

at the start of the evening too.

“More sur­prises are to come but we are still fine-tun­ing the de­tails,” she says.

Auc­tions will in­clude a din­ner and night pack­age in Piha, sev­eral half hour scenic flights from Waihi Beach pi­lot Dave Evans, and some art­work from a Raglan artist.

“And more are to come,” she says. At the time of writ­ing, Kris­ten was hop­ing to se­cure a shut­tle for the ball­go­ers to and from the venue.

Drinks will be avail­able to pur­chase on site and canapes will be served for the guests.

Four cor­po­rate ta­bles are avail­able to book and ticket num­ber are lim­ited.

■ Not avail­able for the ball? This is how you can help.

Come to the next fundrais­ing con­cert event at Waihi Col­lege to­mor­row (Fri­day, May 25).

Waihi and Katikati col­lege stu­dents teamed up to help Ocean fundraise for her surgery.

Start­ing at 5.30pm, the night will in­clude a two-hour con­cert, games, karaoke and kapa haka. En­try is a gold coin do­na­tion.

PHOTO / www.chas­ing­light.co.nz

HELP NEEDED: Kris­ten Waite with daugh­ter Ocean.

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