Fundraising concert a sellout
The family of an 8-year-old girl who cannot smile are a few steps closer to their dream after a sellout fundraising concert on Saturday night in Gore.
Alisha Mill, 8, has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and is expected to become wheelchair-bound, eventually.
Alisha's Mum, Melissa Mill, said 450 people attended the concert to raise money for a vehicle to transport Alisha's electric wheelchair .
Tickets for the concert, auctions and donations had raised the family's total to $16,000. The van would cost about $35,000. "We're really happy. It's a huge weight off our shoulders," Mrs Mill said.
Alisha, who before the diagnosis loved to dance, stood before the crowd and performed a cha-cha and thanked the crowd for their support. She received a standing ovation for her efforts.
The van would help Alisha travel to school, family events and outings. "It means we can do more as a family. I'm over the moon.
"We're all on cloud nine at the moment," Mrs Mill said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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