Poster boy a little miracle

Shona and Percy Williams waited 12 long years for Bing to arrive, and then nearly lost him to a viral infection. They are pictured at the Our Kids calendar launch with local Clown Doctor Dr Kerplunk.

Percy and Shona Williams took 12 years to conceive their son Bing.

Born 12 weeks premature and weighing just 880 grams, the 18-month-old had a precarious start in life. Which is why the Tabulam youngster now boasts the title of Mr August in the 2007 Our Kids calendar.

He was just this tiny little thing no bigger than a kitten, that you could have held in your hand, recalled Percy. Now, hes just great.

The 2007 Our Kids calendar celebrates children that have spent time in Lismore Base Hospital, captured on film by Northern Star photographer Jacklyn Wagner.

Now in its fifth year, the Our Kids calendar is a community project that raises funds to purchase vital equipment for the childrens ward and special care nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Vital equipment that could one day save a little bub just like Bing.

Each year Lismore Base Hospital sees over 10,000 sick children from a really big catchment area and we want to be able to treat these children locally, said Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator, Rebekka Battista. Thats what this calendar money goes towards, equipment so the children and their families can stay in Lismore.

So far $80,000 has been raised from the Our Kids calendar project, and at just $15 they make a beautiful addition to the Christmas stocking. The calendars can be purchased online at www.ourkids.org.au and at the followed outlets:

Lismore: Dymocks, Book Warehouse, The Left Bank, Scotts Newsagency, Pines Newsagency and McDonalds. Ballina: Caddies, Just Funkin Music, East Ballina Supermarket. Casino: McDonald Pharmacy and Phone Scene. Kyogle: Kyogle Pharmacy, Eden Country Store and Kym Malawkins Dentists.


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