Hair gone today for hearing tomorrow
YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Baby Vann's mum Abbey Cleaver knows a person can't do great things without great sacrifice.
She put her pride aside and shaved all her hair off in order to raise the $50,000 for her son to have another cochlear implant.
"I never thought that I'd ever shave my hair off but when you know that your child is going to benefit from it, you do it," she says.
Almost a year ago Vann was born with multiple health issues and disabilities including being profoundly deaf, sight impaired, a hole in his heart, enlarged kidneys and development delays.
Vann requires cochlear implants in order to hear.
The first one was Government funded but the family needs to raise $50,000 themselves for the second because two are better than one.
They began fundraising several months ago.
Since Midweek ran an article about Vann's plight the community have supported the family.
"What's been so good is that we've actually had a few local businesses do fundraisers," she says.
Zanziba, a cafe in Strandon, sold Vann-burgers and gave $500 to the cause. Molly Ryan Lifecare held a mufti day.
"We appreciate it. I just can't believe how supportive everyone is. It's so nice to see that people are willing to go out of their way to help Vann."
They already have half of the money required for the implant.
Abbey had her head shaved for the Raffle 'n' Shave event at Pash Fashion Boutique recently, which raised $4000.
The items for the raffle were donated from businesses, mostly by Cruize FM, and the rest was raised through sponsorship.
Abbey wanted to give back to the community which has supported her family so thoughtfully.
So half of the money was donated to the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust which supports Taranaki children going through adversity.
The Cleaver family received a surprise Christmas makeover package from the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust, which made what was going to be a quiet season into a festive time.
"That was a surprise because my husband had just had two months off work, we'd been away at a lot of hospitals. We weren't really all that organised for Christmas last year. It was a nice surprise and the kids were spoilt rotten."
The raffle winners were: first Mandy Evans, second Justin Barry and third Michael Bent.
To find out more or to donate visit hopeforvann.com or the Raising Baby Vann Facebook page.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Would you like to see the reinstatement of the public fireworks display at Guy Fawkes?Related story: Pyro to the people