Friday, 1 April 2011


When I want to write something on here or Facebook it is an instant feeling. Words.....sentences.....paragraphs start formulating in my mind, until I am able to sit at the computer.
There is then a period afterwards where I am blank. I cannot fathom writing another passionate piece again. But then something will happen to start the gears working again.
Today THAT something happened.

About 6 weeks ago, I was asked by a close friends daughter if she could do a fundraiser for Amelia at the local high school. She is in year 8 at the school directly next door to Amelia's. I thanked her and we discussed basic details of her idea.

I then forgot all about it.

Yesterday I was asked, by this young girl, if Amelia could "draw the raffle" at the school next Friday.
Upon investigation I discovered how much work this teenager had done in trying to fundraise for Amelia.

She has convinced her whole grade to donate Easter Eggs for a raffle "gift".
The grade then made posters and created raffle ticket books to sell to their fellow students.
In the last two days they have made $140 !!
A parent has rung the school to ask if it is a legitimate fundraiser because her son wants to donate $100 of his own hard earned dollars.
They are talking to other students about Amelia and Ataxia Telangiectasia.

This amazing person is only 13 years old.

Talani Cooke, you will make an incredible leader one day.
Trevor and Kirsty, congratulations on parenting such an extrordianry human being.

Talani, I am very proud of you.
And Amelia is very excited she is going to draw a "raffle" !!!!


  1. Wow Talani, you should be very proud of your achievements! What a wonderful girl :)And how fantastic that a group of young teenagers has got together to promote a great cause. Just goes to show that we should give our young people more credit XX

  2. Well said! What amazing love and support from such young people!