Fundraiser makes a big difference

Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award recipient Amelia Steele (10), of Kyeburn, with SPCA Otago dog springer spaniel Georgia in Dunedin yesterday.

Amelia had a target to raise $5000 for the Otago SPCA by year's end.

As of yesterday, the year 6 Maniototo Area School pupil had raised $5300 by selling raffle tickets, baking and organising mufti days at school.

''Small things can make a big difference,'' Amelia said.

Her relentless fundraising will be boosted by an auction, when items, including a green Highlanders jersey worn by Brad Thorn and signed by the squad, a Southern Steel training top signed by the squad, a netball signed by the Silver Ferns and a tie signed by John Key, will be on offer.

She had emailed the prominent New Zealanders requesting auction items.

''The worst thing they could say is no.''

Her fundraising effort was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award medal on July 3.

Amelia thanked those who supported her fundraising, especially the help from her mother, Janet, with baking and father, Chris, with providing firewood for a raffle.

''I can't be trusted with a chainsaw.''

SPCA Otago executive officer Sophie McSkimming said the auction location had not been decided.

The funds would probably be spent on cat cages. A plaque recognising Amelia's work would be displayed at the SPCA.

''We think she's amazing. We love her.''


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