Sophie will be at fair in spirit
SOPHIE Fletcher will be the guest of honour at Tucabia Public School on Sunday, but it will understandable if she cannot make it.
Nine-year-old Sophie is staging a brave battle against acute leukaemia and even though her spirit is willing her to make it to the fair to be held in her honour, in all likelihood she will spend the day in her hospital bed 350km away in Brisbane.
Sophie's mum, Narelle Stratford, has been overwhelmed with the support the Clarence Valley community has thrown behind her daughter.
"Since we came up with the idea of Sophie's Fair, the response has just been amazing," she said.
"When I go to the school there's always envelopes from people with $10, $20 and even $50 stuffed in them."
Ms Stratford said the most amazing donation came from a 92-year-old woman.
"She was wanting so much to do something for Sophie, she said she would donate her next pension cheque to her," the grateful mum said.
So far almost 40 stall holders have pledged to support the cause.
In addition a live band, local group Evolution has also donated its services to the cause.
Ms Stratford hopes local businesses can come to the party in donating goods for an auction.
"So far we have about 30 items, but the more stuff we can have, the better the auction will be," she said.
"We just want the day to be fun for everyone and I know how an auction can generate its own fun."
If you want to help contact Narelle on 0427 290 787.
The fair will be held at Tucabia Public School from 9am-2pm.