Here is an important story out of the Waverley Gymnastics Centre community.
On September 28th 2011, when Amelia was 5 years old, she had an accident where was badly burnt. She suffered third degree burns to 40% of her body. Amelia spent over four months in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. During this time she underwent more than 20 operations for skin grafting. Whilst in Intensive Care Amelia’s trachea was severely damaged and she had to have a tracheostomy tube inserted into her throat. She still has this today. This means that Amelia has no voice and communicates by making sounds with her mouth. Amelia’s Australian doctors have now referred her to an expert in Switzerland however this surgery will cost $90,000 as well as a further $30,000 in associated costs for this 6 week operation (flights, accommodation and the ongoing follow up medical treatment).
Amelia’s mum Janie is a coach at Waverley Gymnastics Centre. To raise money for Amelia, WGC in partnership with Gymnastics Australia and Gymnastics Victoria have created a once-in-a-lifetime eBay auction packed full of unique gymnastics items that could be yours to own! One day of bidding remains on several of the items which are Pretty Darn Cool If You Ask Me!
And they include...
(wait for it.....)
1 hour private gymnastics lesson with national women's coach Peggy Liddick!
A personalised floor routine, choreographed by Stacey Umeh!
The scarf worn on the medal dais by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Georgia Bonora!
Signed gymnastics memorabilia from the likes of world champions Lauren Mitchell, Vanessa Ferrari, Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin!
See the item list here, though if that doesn't work just try ebay.com.au and search for Item #221230801427. Click "see more items" to get through to the full list.
Waverley have advised that you can also make a donation per the details below -
Amelia's parents have set up a special bank account for anyone wanting to make a contribution. The details are:
Account name: Amelia Mathilde Ahlstroem
Account number: 1031 3043
For overseas the swift code is: CTBAAU2S
Or at the donation page that can be found here.