Money pours in so Emily gets her DVD
Thursday, 19th June, 2014
By Emily Roberts
With the help of locals, youngster Emily Roberts will now have a new DVD player to keep her occupied while she is in hospital.
The TAFE campus recently held a fundraiser to help five-year-old Emily who has a rare disorder known as Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.
This means she doesn’t produce red blood cells and has to have five-weekly blood transfusions to return the red blood cell count to a normal level.
TAFE Western’s Cindy Burke said the fundraiser was run by students as part of a “skills for work and training” program.
Mrs Burke said Broken Hill High School students also joined in and that the day was a great success.
“We were hoping to raise $500 and we doubled that with $1065,” she said.
“The students were really proactive - it was a really good day.
“People were coming in off the street and donating lots of money.”
The money will be used to help with Emily’s medical expenses and to purchase a new DVD player.
“Emily wears out her DVD players with all the time spent in hospital,” said her mother, Lisa.
“She still needs five-weekly transfusions and it takes a toll - missing school and being away from the family.
“If we go for an extended period, her siblings have to come.”
Lisa said she and Emily would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser.