Photo fundraiser for Carter’s sec­ond home

Napier Courier - - News -

Carter Sim’s fam­ily has been on the fundrais­ing band­wagon since de­cid­ing it was time to give a lit­tle back.

The al­most five year old was born with a rare con­di­tion, Alag­illes, which af­fects the func­tion of some ma­jor or­gans. Carter had a liver trans­plant in 2015 and has also been treated for a Wilmes tu­mour in 2017. Al­though Carter will al­ways bat­tle with health, this year has been one of the best for him, says mum Hazel.

“He has hit so many mile­stones and is now get­ting ready for his fifth birth­day, one we did not think he would make.” Carter has spent more than 200 nights at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House over the last four years and as a way of cel­e­brat­ing such a huge mile­stone, Carter wanted to give back to those who have helped him.

“From eight weeks old we have stayed at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Auck­land. This year Carter and our fam­ily have de­cided to give back, and are rais­ing $5000 for five years — giv­ing back to what he calls his sec­ond home,” Hazel says.

Ron­ald McDon­ald House hosts around 3000 fam­i­lies each year, with an av­er­age stay of seven days.

“Some fam­i­lies like ours stay at the house for months, even years. The house pro­vides you with a home away from home — a safe haven to re­treat to af­ter long days on the ward and we would have been so lost without them. We have made some for­ever friends dur­ing our stay.”

Visit Marewa Phar­macy to­mor­row be­tween 4pm and 6.30pm, have a photo taken and give a gold coin to­wards Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

Carter Sim’s fam­ily is rais­ing money for Ron­ald McDon­ald House

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