Call for help answered
Wednesday, 7th December, 2011
People came out in force on Saturday to help a young girl who has suffered severe burns to her body.
Three-year-old Molly Sultana travels to Adelaide every six weeks for treatment after she accidentally poured a jug of boiling water on herself last year.
Molly’s aunty, Stacey Walsh, held a cake stall for her at Centro Westside.
Stacey said her sister, Jackie, and brother-in-law, Leigh, had to pay for a lot of Molly’s treatment, accommodation and travel expenses out of their own pockets.
“They get some government rebate but not a lot and they have been going quite well, but recently things have been getting financially hard. So I thought this would make it easier for them.”
Stacey said the stall raised $3700, and in quick time.
“We sold everything by 11.30am,” she said. “We were really overwhelmed.”
Stacey said many people, including strangers, had donated cakes. She also said some people went into Woolworths and bought cakes just for her to sell.
“People were really eager. We were supposed to start at 10am but I got there to set up at 9am and didn’t stop.”
The charity shown was “incredible” and “heartwarming”, she said.
Stacey said Molly was still a happy little girl despite the trauma.
“Molly got treatment really quickly so her recovery has been fantastic. There are some spots that she has had skin grafted and she has to have steroid injections to reduce her scaring but she has come along in leaps and bounds.
“I’m no expert but she has healed really well. Molly still wears a pressure suit on her body and has some thick scarring on her neck and behind her ears.”
Molly’s face had healed well which Stacey said was surprising because she had burns all over her head and had to have it shaved.
“Molly has been really lucky, a lot luckier than some kids but it is still tough for her to go through.”
Stacey said she might have another fundraiser but it will be a way off.
“We are so grateful. We don’t want to take advantage of people’s generosity.
“We might do one around Mother’s Day next year.”