The Hume Environmental Champions have dedicated a fairy garden for three-year-old Ruby Webster who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Ruby suffers from an incurable and rare neurodegenerative genetic condition known as GM1 gangliosidosis, which gradually destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
She can no longer speak or control movement in her body, but residents from the Monegeetta area have already began to build her a dream fairy garden.
“Ruby made a list of butterfly kisses, which I guess is kind of like a bucket list if you like,” Jo Burton, Hume Environmental Champion and head of the program, told The Newsroom. “Knowing that she doesn’t have a long time in this world, this is her way and her family’s way of doing beautiful things with Ruby before she passes on. That is one of the things on her butterfly kisses list.”
The fairy garden received many generous donations from the general public and local businesses in the area.
“Overall, I’m not sure how much has been raised in dollar amounts,” Ms Burton said. “We’ve received item donations such as crushed rocks, soil, sleepers, and plants. We’ve got a local artist donating a piece of artwork to go on the side of the water tank that is going to be in the garden.”
The garden project will start progress on Sunday up at Ruby’s grandparents’ property in Monegeetta.
To donate, visit Ruby’s website. – Sarah Batt
Top photo from Ruy’s Butterfly Kisses facebook page.