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
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
''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.''