Elli and Maddison with their home made Christmas products

Sisters’ Christmas fundraiser

Shepparton sisters Ellie and Maddison are selling handmade Christmas cards to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal to help other kids.

When the girls, who are aged just 11 and 9, were looking for something to do when they were bored during lockdown, they decided to make the cards, bon bons and gift stickers. They quickly decided they wanted to sell them to raise money for the Appeal.

“We wanted to do it because it’s a special cause,” Maddison said.

“Every dollar is something new for the kids there that can help them,” Ellie said.

The Royal Children’s Hospital holds a special place in their families’ hearts.

Their aunt was diagnosed with cancer at the Hospital when she was 8 years old and received wonderful care there until she died aged 13. 

After first setting a target to raise $120, the sisters have raised an incredible $1225 selling their Christmas products to family, friends, teachers and their school community.

Their school, Guthrie Street Primary School, got on board and the girls also started running a ‘guess the number of chocolates’ competition for $1 a guess for students. They raised another $270 from this.

Ellie and Maddison have enjoyed fundraising, filling their custom orders and seeing how generous their community is.

“It’s been quite fun. We like doing arts and crafts as well as fundraising for a nice cause. We got lots of orders for our fundraiser,” Maddison said.

“It’s been amazing. People have donated so much money. A quarter has been from donations,” Ellie said.

Story posted: Wednesday, 8 December 2021

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