Annual KidzWish bowls day raises money for Amelia

First published on 4th March, 2019 by Ashleigh Tullis

The profits from the KidzWish Bowls Day will be split between contributing to a new vehicle for Amelia Wilkinson and funding KidzWish support, love and laughter programs.

Thirroul's Amelia, 15, has a rare and incurable neurological disorder called Rett syndrome. Sufferers cease to acquire new skills and gradually lose previously acquired abilities such as control of the hands and ability to vocalise.

There's no cure for Rett syndrome, just treatment for the symptoms.

KidzWish marketing manager Karouna Micheal said this year's bowls day was the 10th anniversary of the fundraiser.

"This was our biggest year yet," he said. "We did some bowling then listened to stories from special guests former NRL star Trent Barrett and former pro surfer Mark Occhilupo.

"Amelia's father Mark was also there. We raffled off prizes and held auctions. There was a lot of love in the room."

Mark Wilkinson previously told the Mercury a new car would help the family transport Amelia to school and elsewhere.

"Amelia is wheelchair bound and we need a car that can be converted for proper access," Mr Wilkinson said.

"The NDIS will help with the conversion, but not the car - and the car we have is very old and we're worried it won't last much longer.

"Without the transport our family wouldn't be able to function, and get Amelia to the places she needs to go."

Mr Michael said it was great to see so many people support an Illawarra-based charity that helped Illawarra children.

"We really do have the best community," he said. "It all about locals supporting locals."

Mr Micheal said the total amount raised was still to be calculated.

He thanked the sponsors, attendees and people who donated prizes saying every bit helped raised money.

The charity is aiming to completely fund Amelia's new vehicle and Mr Michael encouraged anyone who wanted to donate or help to contact KidzWish

—  Ashleigh Tullis

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