Young survivor's wish for playground comes true

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012
Elijah Amoah's wish for a jungle playhouse with a flying fox is going to happen
KENT BLECHYNDEN/Fairfax NZ
REALITY: Elijah Amoah's wish for a jungle playhouse with a flying fox has come true.

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It's play time for Elijah Amoah, after Wellingtonians helped to raise about $10,500 towards the cancer survivor's dream - a jungle-themed fort and flying fox.

Over the past four weeks, people could swipe their Fly Buys cards at the kiosk in Oriental Pde in the evening to activate the Carter Fountain, and help make the 8-year-old Newlands boy's dream a reality.

There were more than 1600 swipes - and for each, Fly Buys donated $5 to Make-a-Wish NZ, which helps children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Some Fly Buys members also donated their points to the cause, bringing the total donation to the charity to $10,459.

As well as fully funding Elijah's fort, the money will go towards supporting Make-a-Wish projects for other children.

The fort was secretly constructed last weekend, when Elijah and his younger brother, Taziyah, 6, were sent to stay with their grandparents.

When he came home, not only was it waiting for him, but the Make-a-Wish organisers had also put on a monster-themed party, the Bellevue School pupil's second wish after the fort.

"Everybody was standing there and I thought, what is going on here?" he said. "I was very surprised and happy."

The flying fox will be added on to the playground later this month.

In 2007, Elijah was found to have an aggressive form of leukaemia. At last count he had 3500 Child Cancer Foundation beads of courage, each one representing a medical procedure.

His latest major procedure was a stem cell transplant 18 months ago, mum Olivia Amoah said.

"So far it has worked . . . we just have to always stay positive and believe that he's been cured. He's our little miracle boy."

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