I first heard about Cinderella Kids on Today Tonight back in October:
I was recently introduced to the founder of Cinderella Kids, Di Wilcox – one of life’s truly remarkable people and I was so inspired by the work she does I decided I had to do whatever I could to support her.
With the remarkable Di Wilcox
Yesterday I sat with Jeremy (my hot date!) who seemed so much more grown up than just 13 years old. He’s had to go through so much in his life including having his leg amputated and learning to walk again with a prosthetic leg. Jeremy told me that getting dressed up and having a Cinderella Kids experience made him feel so special and it’s something he’ll remember for the rest of his life. His sister Heather was heading in for a procedure yesterday afternoon and told me that it was amazing to be treated so well, and not feel like she was dreading heading into hospital later in the day.
Bec was diagnosed with leukaemia back in March, at the beginning of Year 12. The doctors told her she would be unlikely to graduate from high school, but she proved them wrong and has just completed Year 12. Well done Bec! She told me that having a Cinderella Kids experience helped her forget about her treatment and escape all her troubles for an evening. What an extraordinary young woman. Bec’s hoping to study Psychology next year and I’m looking forward to following her journey.
Montanna was an ice skater and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do when she was diagnosed with tumours in her leg and lung. Operations and chemo mean that she can no longer pursue her passions, but she was still smiling while she told me her story, even with tears in her eyes. I asked her where she found the strength to overcome the challenges her diagnosis presented and she said she had to find it within herself. Montanna seemed wise beyond her years, and told me she had to toughen up and know exactly what was going on with her treatment and medication. She now regularly heads back to PMH with her mum and takes in cakes and biscuits and wants to mentor other Cinderella Kids. A true inspiration.
Cinderella Kids is about bringing the magic back to seriously unwell and disadvantaged kids, who otherwise are faced with an uncertain future and endless doctors and hospital appointments.
It’s a very hands on project which I am so honoured to be involved with, giving young people a chance to be the very best version of themselves.
If you can help out by donating a dress, a high tea or experience for up to 8 people or in any other way – you can find out how more about Cinderella Kids here.
Here’s to making the world a brighter, more sparkly place!
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