Holley raises funds for drop-in

BIG HEART: Holley Somerville and Bear at the Fletcher St Cottage, for which she raised more than $100.
BIG HEART: Holley Somerville and Bear at the Fletcher St Cottage, for which she raised more than $100. Kate Oneill

HOLLEY Somerville has a beautiful voice and a big heart.

The eight-year-old last week donated $100 of her own money to the Fletcher St Cottage in Byron Bay, a drop-in centre for the homeless run by the Salvation Army.

It was money she had raised by busking, and was the first of many donations she plans to make to charity.

Holly discovered she could use her voice to make money while sitting outside a local supermarket a few weeks ago - when she started singing, shoppers couldn't give her money fast enough.

She sang in the main street of Byron Bay a couple of weekends ago and raised almost $80 in just a few hours.

Encouraged by her success, she decided to turn her talent into a business called Stardust Entertainment, and to use the proceeds to help those in need.

Her business will be funded by her busking and by performances at functions and schools.

"I've been singing since I was really young and I thought if I practised a bit I could set up a business to help other people," she said.

"I like being helpful because it makes me really sad when I see someone sad or hurt or without a home.

"I don't really care about how much money I get - well I kind of do if I'm giving it to other people - but I don't want to use it for myself.

"Not like on ice cream or toys for myself; it's to help with other people."

Holley's donation to the Fletcher St Cottage was warmly received by Salvation Army captain Neville Hall, and by the drop-in centre's users, who Holley stopped and chatted to last Friday.

Holley was also praised by Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham, who said she felt privileged to meet a young person so committed to the world and to helping other people.

"I think you're going to go a long way," she told Holley.

The Lennox Head schoolgirl said the next $100 she raised would go towards helping endangered animals.


Jan Barham

I think you're going to go a long way

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