Today Shell and I banked a lot of money into Amelia's Project account.
It was money left over from The Amelia Night and some tins that had been returned.
My life is an open book and I want Amelia's Project funds to be the same.
A minimum of two Committee members count ANY money and then Shell records it.
If $1 is missing, Shell wants the receipt !!!!!
If Scott and I need to withdraw any money we get approval from the Committee first.
It has to be something to contribute to Amelia's beautiful life or assist with renovations and therapy.
We also require 2 signatures on ALL cheques.
Other peoples money being spent on the only purpose it was donated for.
At the moment, I have taken out money for passports ($780), deposit on Disneyland ($7000) and our aprons/supplies for the teaparty ($100).
At our final Project Meeting for 2011, it was agreed on giving BrAshA-T a donation. They are doing everything to try and save A-T children around the world.
We proudly gave a cheque for $10,000.
Everything we have done this year has been pure profit.
The only large expense we had to outlay is dinner at The Amelia Night.
And that was only $30 per head (and that was included in the ticket price).
Everything else has been donated.
The tins, the sausage sizzles, the raffle items at MacDonalds, the cupcakes, the room hire, the auctioneer (who made our night so much fun) and peoples time, support and advice.
I would never, ever have done any of these things.
Your pride and dignity suffers when you ask people for their hard earned money and time.
But YOU all demanded it.
Told me to sit there and be quiet !!!
So I thank you.
We now have enough funds to pay for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology (for both children), speech therapy and medical visits. They are all private practioners.
We can renovate the house to suit a wheelchair and have a suitable shower for Amelia.
We can go to Disneyland.
In the future, we may need an electric wheelchair and car to accomodate it.
Amelia has her own laptop (and will soon have appropriate software) and Ipad.
Next year I hope to enrich her immediate school environment with equipment and maybe support that will have her coming home again saying "how much fun her day has been" rather than "how hard it has been".
Something that would benefit ALL children at the school but Amelia first.
Maximize learning ability while also making it easier.
But that is something Amelia's Project Committee would need to agree upon.
I cannot do it without their support.
Once Disneyland and bathroom are completed we will have approximately $10,000 left.
That is unbelievable.
People have been so very kind.
I know some people may disagree with this privelege but it is something many around us have chosen to do. To help us now.
Disneyland may be an extravagance, but it will be a memory to last forever and ever.
Amelia's life is and will be amazing.