Charged-up year of fundraising

Allison McKerlie's trading table at the community Markets.
Allison McKerlie's trading table at the community Markets.

Last October Alison McKerlie received a rare diagnosis which would shape her entire year.

Although she was born with CHARGE Syndrome, Alison spent years back-and-forth with doctors before her condition was finally recognised.

Determined to bring awareness to the condition, she has spent the past 12 months fundraising for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local businesses, my family and friends and the people of Port Augusta for supporting me with my fundraising this year on behalf of the CHARGE Syndrome Association of Australia," she said.

"It has been a very successful year having raised just over $5,000. This was achieved by hosting high tea events, selling homemade greeting cards, running raffles and holding trading tables at the Port Augusta Community Markets."

CHARGE is an extremely complex genetic condition and impacts on many areas of the body causing defects or disabilities in sight, hearing, breathing, digestion, heart function, balance and many more.

It is so rare that only one in 15,000 people are affected worldwide.

Alison ended her year-long campaign with a High Tea fundraiser at the Uniting Church Hall.

"Thank you to the people of Port Augusta for your generous support - I am proud to live in this town of community minded people who are willing to put themselves out to help others," Alison said.

Alison will not be working on fundraising next year, but will turn her attention to improving her knowledge of CHARGE Syndrome and the work of the Association.

She plans on attending the bi-annual conference held in Tasmania during the month of April.

Xmas raffle results:

First prize: L. Hooper

Second prize: A. Beach

Third prize: B. Haase