Baby Rikus showered with gifts
By EMMA CORNFORD
LITTLE Rikus Ackland was told as soon as he was born that he would be a bit of a celebrity.
As the first baby born in the Clarence Valley in 2006, he is the recipient of a basket of goods donated by businesses.
Yesterday it was hard to say what he thought of the basket of baby toys, products and gift vouchers presented to his mum Jade Wynter by Grafton Chamber of Commerce president Mark Butler.
Rikus was just happy to sleep. But his big sister, seven-year-old Brianna, who is 'really happy' to have a little brother, spoke for him when she saw the hamper ? "wow," she said. "Look at all that stuff."
Rikus, who was due on December 23, was born at 6.55pm on New Year's Day weighing 4.5kg (10 pounds). He is also a little brother for 21-month-old Sadira.
Ms Wynter and her partner Adam Ackland have only recently moved to the Clarence Valley from Coffs Harbour and were excited to receive the goodies.
"It's amazing. We were told the newspaper would be here with a basket but we didn't expect anything like this," Ms Wynter said yesterday after receiving the hamper, which included a $175 voucher from Best and Less, gifts from Knacks with Pizazz, a Daily Examiner voucher and baby goods from Blooms Chemist.
Chamber president Mr Butler said he was happy to be handing over the basket to little Rikus ? and even had a short nurse of the first new Clarence Valley resident of 2006.
A $75 Best and Less voucher was also donated to the maternity ward to buy singlets and other goods for the babies.
The Daily Examiner General Manager Steve Hutton congratulated the family for winning the prizes. He wished the family well for the future.