Northern Outlook : November 22nd 2014
BUILDING & RENOVATION Guide, P11 to 22 Saturday, November 22, 2014 GREEN FINGERS Community garden P2 Savannah Clark achieve her dream of walking unaided. Eight year-old Clarkville School A pupils Jessica Waklin and Brianna Walker Beecham presented Savannah and her family with a $275 cheque yesterday, after a bake-sale as part of a school-based service project. ‘‘It just felt like a dream come true, because we have been planning this for weeks,’’ Jessica said. The pair’s money will go towards helping three-year-old Savannah, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, achieve her goal of walking through the Clarkville gates unaided, on her first day at school. ‘‘It’s a great gift to be able to walk,’’ Jessica said. Savannah’s parents, Nicola and Calum Clark, are trying to raise $70,000 for surgery in October next year at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri. They reached the $40,000 mark this month. ‘‘She can’t raise it all herself,’’ Jessica said. Calum said it touched his heart when he heard about the event. ‘‘It’s amazing that two little girls just did this off their own bat.’’ Together, best friends Jessica and Brianna baked cup-cakes, cookies and gingerbread men, and Baking for a better life ❝ By EMILY SPINK pair of entrepreneurial Clarkville children are helping three-year-old offered up lollies and popcorn at their stall. They had just one week to organise themselves, including preparing 100 biscuits. ‘‘It was quite hard work because we had to keep on making money and giving money.’’ They said it was also a little tricky counting their final tally. Brianna’s mum helped bake 170 gingerbread men, which the eightyear-old then iced. ‘‘My sister started to eat some, so that was a bit of a bummer.’’ To prepare for the sale, the pair looked up cerebral palsy on the internet. Jessica said she did not know how to say the medical term properly before the sale. ‘‘This is life. It’s now or never.’’ Jessica, who has come to know Savannah ‘‘very well’’ through her younger siblings – who attended childcare with the three year-old – said it was not fair that Savannah could not walk, because she could not do all kinds of activities, like rock-climbing. ‘‘It would be amazing for her to go to camp and stuff. If you don’t do it now, she’s just going to be let down.’’ There is just three days’ agedifference between Savannah and Jessica’s younger sister. ‘‘She just loves Jess,’’ Calum said. ‘‘I go round there and she’s giving Savannah big cuddles and carrying her round.’’ The generous pupils initially wanted to raise money for a ❚ To follow Savannah’s progress and to donate, visit: facebook.com/ Helpsavannahwalk Bright bakers: Brianna Walker Beecham, left, and Jessica Waklin raised money with a bake-sale for Kaiapoi’s Savannah Clark, to help her receive specialist treatment in America. PAY IT NOR TH CANTER BUR Y’S BEST READ COMMUNIT Y NEWSPAPER It’s a great gift to be able to walk.’’ Jessica Waklin family involved in a car-crash in May this year, but there was a lot of research involved. They then came up with the idea of helping Savannah. Ahead of their presentation yesterday, the pair said they were nervous about speaking in front of the assembly. ‘‘I’m just feeling like jelly wobble,’’ Brianna said.
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