SCUGOG: 9-year-old former Caesarea resident Avaree Newey and her family made a donation of $164.55 to Sick Kids Hospital on Monday, Nov. 7th.
The funds were raised during the family’s moving sale. Avaree, with support from her parents and brother Liam, decided to sell the family’s old toys, to support the liver disease research program at the hospital.
“We had a lot of toys that were old and babyish. We always had them stuffed in our garage, so we just said ‘let’s put this in a yard sale and make a little toy sale,’” Avaree shared.
A Sick kid herself, Avaree said it means a lot to her that she was able to benefit Sick Kids.
“Those are my helpers, they did everything for me. They are pretty much family,” she stated.
When she was born, Avaree was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease that occurs in infants. In April of 2015, she underwent a liver transplant.
Avaree’s mother Jane said her daughter had been wanting to hold a fundraiser for the hospital for some time.
“Avaree is always trying to come up with ideas for fundraisers for Sick Kids, probably since she was five years old. She always has an idea, different things to do, and this seemed like one we could finally do for her,” she said.
Her mother also said the sale was a big success in the community.
“Some of the neighbours just came out and donated, they didn’t take any toys,” she said.
Jane describes her daughter as a very outgoing young lady.
“Avaree has never really been a shy kid. She has been able to talk to strangers and tell them about herself, and she always mentions that she is a Sick Kid. But I think [the sale] helped her to actually realize she could do something good, that she could help someone else benefit too,” she said reflectively.
Avaree wanted to thank those that made a donation at the fundraiser.
“They’re really awesome to be donating, and I just want to say thank you to them for supporting Sick Kids and myself,” she said gratefully.