Novel fundraiser makes a mark

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Southland MS Society manager Rachel Hucklebridge, Ella McEwan, 9, and Ron McEwan take a look at some of the bookmarks Ella has made to raise help raise money for people living with Parkinson's disease.

NINE year old Ella McEwan simply wanted to help her granddad.

Five years ago Ella’s grandfather, Ron McEwan, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

This year, without prompting, Ella came up with an idea to try and help those who have to deal with Parkinson’s disease.

She went about making bookmarks and selling them for 50c each.

Since April, Ella has made and sold more than 300 bookmarks to family and friends.

As a result she has raised $157.70 for the Southland MS Society, which supports people with MS, Parkinson’s and other progressive neurological conditions.

The Myross Bush School pupil fine-tuned her production line to the point she was able to make one of her bookmarks in just three minutes.

The paper bookmarks are made in the origami style and Ella colours them.

Not surprisingly, granddad Ron described his granddaughter’s actions as special.

“I’m very proud. It was all her own doing, I didn’t know anything about it,” the 83 year old said.

This week Ella and Mr McEwan presented the $157.70 to Southland MS Society manager Rachel Hucklebridge.

“A lot of kids her age might want to help raise money for animals, but for her to do it for Parkinson’s, it is lovely,” Ms Hucklebridge said.

“I think what Ella has done can help teach other kids that it is nice to help other people.”

Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which mainly affects the motor system.

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