Kiara lends a hand

A CATHOLIC College student is organising a film and dinner evening to raise money for Edgar's Mission.

Edgar’s Mission is a not-for-profit farm sanctuary which provides shelter and care to more than 300 rescued animals. 

It is located near Kilmore and was founded by Pam Ahern. 

Kiara Nickson, 13, said she had always been passionate about animals and the idea for the event came after she visited the sanctuary in August last year. 

"The event is to raise funds to help them out," she said. 

"They rescue farm animals from all sorts of different situations and really dedicate their lives to their work. 

They rescue farm animals from all sorts of different situations and really dedicate their lives to their work. - Kiara Nickson

"It is really inspiring.

"I have loved animals my whole life and I thought it was time to help." 

Kiara, who is a vegetarian, said the sanctuary was educational and she was only too happy to help.   

"The sanctuary is really inspiring and is making the world a better place," she said.  

"I think that makes it a good cause all together."  

Jay Nickson said his daughter was a compassionate person who is always willing to help others no matter the size of the task.  

"When she was young she use to make toys for the kittens to play with at the RSPCA," he said. 

"She has been at me for a long time to do a fundraiser and had all these ideas.

"Finally I gave in and decided to help her do something. 

"She is the driving force and I am just the means to get it happening for her."

Kiara said about 30 tickets had been sold and she was hoping for another 20 to 30 people to attend. 

"We are hoping to raise $500 to $600 but whatever amount we get helps," she said. 

Tickets to the fundraiser cost $30 and include entry, a ticket in the raffle, a two-course vegan meal and a film. 

Kiara said all money raised would go to Edgar's Mission. 

The event is at the Cambrian hotel on January 22 from 6.30pm to 9pm. 

To book a spot email jaynix@live.com.au 

For more information visit the bendiGO VEG Facebook page. 

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