Pony gift for little flood victim
AN IPSWICH girl who lost her beloved pony in January's floods has reason to smile again after a stranger from Central Queensland gave her another one.
Holly Butler, 5, lives in Brassall with parents Cameron and Kerrie Butler and two younger brothers, but had a pony, Angel, at her grandparent's house in Fernvale.
Young Holly has the unique neurodevelopment disorder Rett Syndrome and had developed a special bond with Angel.
That's why Mrs Butler said their family was shattered when Angel went missing from the Fernvale property in the midst of the recent flood disaster.
So you can imagine how excited Holly was – and how grateful her parents were – when Jodie Rowlands, from the town of Comet, heard about their plight and donated a pony to the family.
Mrs Butler said the recent arrival of new pony Harmony had her daughter smiling from ear to ear.
“Someone from a neighbouring property put something about it on Facebook, and that's how Jodie heard about it,” she said.
“Holly's face would light up when she saw Angel, and you can see the same reaction when she sees Harmony.
“She's very happy.
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the donation.”
Rett Syndrome affects about one in 10,000 children, nearly exclusively girls, and so far there is no cure.
The babies are usually born healthy and show normal development until 6-18 months of life, when their progress is slowed and they lose communication skills and use of their hands.
Other problems include seizures, disorganised breathing patterns, digestive disorders, osteoporosis and a risk of curvature of the spine.
While the pony donation has given the family a boost, Mrs Butler said they were still trying to fundraise $4000 to buy a Holly a customised bed.
Mrs Butler said Holly was still sleeping in a cot or with her parents as a normal bed was not a safe option.
She often wakes throughout the night, and sometimes bangs her head on the rails and gets her legs stuck.
The customised high-low bed would have a mesh netting to ensure her safety and help with everyday activities like dressing.
To raise money, a linen party will be held on May 2 at 10.30am at the Salvation Army Hall, George Street, Kalbar. For more information or to make a donation contact organiser Angela Von Kistowski on (07) 5463 7291.
Anyone who has seen or found a dark brown miniature Shetland pony in the Fernvale area after the floods can call Mrs Butler on 3813 0262.