Pupil (10) raises money for wildlife hospital

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Taking a tour . . Outram School pupil Ella Reid-Blair and wildlife veterinary nurse Emily Brewer chat at Dunedin Wildlife Hospital recently. Ella gave more than $150 to the hospital. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

While she may have to wait a few years to become a qualified veterinarian, a Dunedin girl is already doing her bit to help animals.

Outram School pupil Ella Reid-Blair gave $154.90 to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital last month.

Ella (10) raised the money as part of her school’s Capes (cultural, academic, physical and enterprising) programme by making and selling brownies to her fellow school pupils.

It took her about a week to make about four dozen brownies, which was enough for the 160 children who bought them.

Ella said she wanted to give the money to the wildlife hospital because she loved animals.

“I really want to be a vet or animal behaviourist when I am older.”

Ella hand-delivered the money to Dunedin Wildlife Hospital co-chairman Andy Cunningham and wildlife veterinary nurse Emily Brewer two weeks ago.

Mr Cunningham gave Ella and her mother, Cathy, a tour of the hospital.

“The wonderful thing about having children around here is that they appreciate it with the eyes of the innocent young,” he said.

“I see the delight in her eyes.”

Mr Cunningham was appreciative of Ella’s donation.

“Every bit matters. Every bit counts.”