Boy, 8, gets bank loan to fund rescue chopper
An eight-year-old Auckland boy has taken out a bank loan to sell lollies at a weekend market and raise funds for the Westpac rescue helicopter that saved his life after a lawnmower accident.
Every Sunday Shiv Odedra sets up a table, places a box of lollies on it and a plastic Westpac rescue helicopter piggy bank and raises money for his saviours.
The Red Beach School pupil has been fundraising at local markets for the Westpac Chopper Appeal for several months.
"Last year I raised $120 for Red Cross Christchurch Fund but this year I chose Westpac. I was thinking I could do something closer to my heart,'' he said.
Odedra was two when his leg was accidentally run over by a reversing lawnmower while he was playing at his uncle's farm.
"The Westpac helicopter came and picked me up and took me to hospital. If it wasn't for them I'd be dead," he said.
"I remember flying in the helicopter, it was like I was walking on clouds. I thought the hospital was in the clouds.''
Odedra saved $45 of his own money to buy his first lot of lollies from Gilmours food wholesalers and charges $1 per pack.
Then Westpac Bank in Orewa gave him a $200 loan so he could stock up and start selling at the market.
"I have my own eftpos card and pin number. It's cool.''
So far at the Puhoi and Coatesville markets, Odedra has raised more than $200.
He has also been at Gulf Harbour and Orewa markets and hopes to raise $1000.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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