A fundraiser for research into a rare genetic disease a Mollymook girl has will be held in Milton.
David Ireland will present his Wildlife Man Show at Milton Theatre to raise money for the Holly Burns Foundation.
Think of a cross between David Attenborough and Steve Irwin, and you’ll have an idea of the enthusiasm and passion that Ireland possesses for all creatures great and small, as well as the natural environment.
The Burns family is on a mission to raise $10,000 for search into Vanishing White Matter Leukodystrophy, a terminal illness six-year-old Holly was diagnosed with at just 19 months old.
Mum Amanda Burns shaved 85cm of her hair recently to contribute to the cause, and welcomed Ireland’s fundraiser.
“It will be a great show for families and it is fantastic that he has offered to do this for Holly,” she said.
“Anything that helps raise money for search is a good thing.”
Mrs Burns said there would be a raffle on the day as well, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the cause.
Ireland is an experienced film-maker and naturalist, and promises a jam packed afternoon with wildlife encounter stories all backed up with amazing action wildlife films shown on the theatre’s big screen.
The show will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 2pm at the Milton Theatre. Tickets are $10 for kids and $15 for adults and are available by calling Country Leather on 4455 3056.
The team from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) are undertaking Australian-first research into the disease and believe new developments in stem cell research will help them better understand and treat it.
Holly is one of only seven Australian children – and 170 worldwide – battling the disease which leads to deterioration of the central nervous system’s white matter.
Visit, http://hollyburnsfoundation.webs.com/ for more information.