Four seriously ill children and their families will receive wonderful news this Christmas, thanks to a generous donation from Golden Casket.
Golden Casket, a longstanding supporter of Starlight Children’s Foundation, will donate four Starlight Wishes to help seriously ill children and their families this Christmas.
A Starlight Wish is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime gift given to seriously ill children and their families.
One child who has been the beneficiary of a Starlight Wish is seven-year-old Ruby Ernest from the Gold Coast.
Ruby was diagnosed with an inoperable and untreatable chest mass in 2012, and was recommended by her doctor for a wish.
Ruby’s mother, Jo Ernest, says that her wish was to build a LEGO city.
“Due to her condition Ruby cannot fly, so naturally when we were told Starlight would be granting Ruby a once-in-a-lifetime wish, we had to think hard about what would bring Ruby much joy,” she says.
“As such, we decided on a LEGO city – and boy does Ruby have one! We have expanded on it and it’s huge!”
The day of Ruby’s Starlight Wish started with a limo pick up, followed by a morning at the LEGO store and a gift of LEGO modules which took days to build.
Jo says each LEGO module is about 7,000 to 10,000 pieces.
“We’re not talking about little LEGO, they’re huge! Like smaller models of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House,” she says.
Ruby says she chose LEGO because she absolutely loves building.
“I’ve got six big buildings, the big part is in the lounge room and some is under my bed,” she says.
“I also have 80 LEGO friends.”
Ruby loves participating in Starlight Day and other Starlight events and has even done her own fundraising to help give other sick kids the same wonderful experience she’s had.
Jo says Ruby’s raised about $1100 for Starlight’s Smile Project.
“She’s actually the highest fundraiser so far,” she says.
“She has a very supportive family and friends and her school supports her as well.
“Despite being in such a predicament as ours, it’s nice to be able to give back.”
Last month, Ruby assisted Lord Mayor Graham Quirk in lighting the City’s Christmas tree in King George Square – helping kick off the City’s Christmas festivities.
Jo says although Ruby was nervous she took the bull by the horns.
“She’s really shy, but once you get to know her for more than 10 to 20 minutes, she doesn’t quieten down,” she laughs.
“She absolutely loves Christmas and all the decorations, so she was really excited.”
For more information about Starlight Children’s Foundation visit www.starlight.org.au
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