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Blog | Ava Meehan

Trademe Auction EXTENDED - Kids Decor


Jason and Rebecca from Kids Decor Co are very generously auctioning a large range of their stunning kids decor at low reserves on trademe. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to Ava's appeal fund. The range includes duvet sets, wall murals and self-adhesive wall appliques and borders which are removable and reusable (and can be applied to just about any smooth surface). The extended auction finishes 17 March.
Visit http://www.trademe.co.nz/ or click: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=2881575




Ava's Progress


Ava is continuing to make excellent progress with her walking. We visit the physiotherapist at the limb centre twice a week. Over the last week she has grown in confidence and is now walking unaided behind a walker. At home her brother will sit in a wooden trolley and she will push him around. She has come such a long way

Legs at Daycare


This week Ava took her legs to daycare for the first time. The legs were a real hit at mat time and Ava enjoyed showing them to the class. All the children gravitated towards her when the physiotherapist arrived to show the teachers how to fit the legs correctly. As soon as the first leg was on Ava was trying to stand up to show everyone what she could do. She stood at the play dough table which was full due to her presence (funnily enough all the kids sat down at the table).
The physiotherapist commented that Ava was taller than a lot of the children at daycare despite her artificial legs being shorter than what her own ones would have been.

Fundraising concert for Ava


As part of the Cambridge Autumn festival there will be a concert for Ava in the Cambridge Town Hall on Saturday April 25th.  The Darcy Perry Band will be playing and donating $10 of every ticket sold to Ava's appeal.  More details to follow....

Purple Day


On Wednesday 18 February Ava's daycare held a "Purple Day" to assist with her fundraising. All of the children wore purple clothes or accessories, including the boys. The entire daycare was decked out in purple balloons and streamers and even the teachers wore matching purple polo shirts and hats. There were lots of purple activities. Even the paint and play dough were purple. Lunch was Ava's favourite lunchtime food - marmite sandwiches, fairy bread and jelly and ice-cream (purple of course).

The day was a huge success raising an amazing $730. Thank you to the daycare families and staff for giving so generously to Ava.There are three highlights from the day we would like to share as they demonstrate the kindness and generosity in our community

1. Bella's mum made Ava the most spectacular purple dinosaur cake. See the photos in the gallery.

2. Emma who donated her entire piggy bank to Ava

3. Ben who bought Ava a beautiful purple dress for her special dayAva had a wonderful day. We would like to sincerely thank all the children, parents and staff for making it such a memorable day for her.

60 Minutes Story on the Internet


If you missed the story on 60 Minutes about Ava, or would like to see it again, click HERE.

Feedback from 60 Minutes


Within 10 minutes of "Ava and the Dinosaur" concluding on TV3's 60 Minutes programme we received emails from viewers who had watched the programme and accessed Ava's website via the link on the 60 Minutes website. The cell phone also went crazy with a flood of text messages. We have received the most amazing positive feedback from the public. Everyone said how moved they were by Ava's story and commented on how beautiful, courageous, brave and inspirational Ava is. The consistent theme was that at first people found the story incredibly sad but then uplifting to see the positive way in which Ava has overcome her ordeal.  It was not easy for us to put Ava's story out there for all to see but the messages of support we have received and the positive impact it has had on people has made it all worthwhile. Ava was so excited to see herself on television and was glued to the screen. As soon as the programme finished she asked to see it again. When she woke up the next morning she asked to watch it again