FOUR local girls will attempt to raise $1500 for World Vision after a successful campaign in 2011.
Sammi Bradfield, sisters Ashleigh and Joleigh Keane and Justine Blechynden have door-knocked through Dudley Park and Seascapes in Halls Head in an effort to raise as much money for charity as they can.
For Bradfield, this is her first World Vision fundraising campaign and she said it was her friend Ashleigh who encouraged her to get involved.
“Ashleigh did it last year and I wanted to help so I am a part of it this year,” 14-year-old Sammi said.
Last year, the Keane sisters and Justine, with a fourth friend, raised more than $700 and this year, with the help of Sammi, they hope to double that figure.
Already completing the 40Hour Famine last weekend, the quartet are fundraising to give Ashleigh the chance to skydive for the charity.
“I need to raise at least $500 to do the jump,” Ashleigh said.
“I would love to be an ambassador for World Vision as I want to go to help kids.
“I have to wait until I am 14 which is at the end of September to do the jump.”
At 13 years of age, Ashleigh has long strived to help those less fortunate than her.
Sister Joleigh said seeing Ashleigh was an inspiration.
“She’s just so brave,” Joleigh said.
“I am not scared at all,” Ashleigh said.
“I just want to raise as much money as I can before I jump.”
The girls first heard about World Vision through a magazine and since then have been actively fundraising.
With money raised this year going towards Ethopia, the girls are keen to continue fundraising in the lead-up to Ashleigh’s anticipated jump when she reaches the age of 14.
Back in the 1980s, Ethiopia was at the centre of one of the worst famines the world had ever seen and currently more than 70 per cent of the population lives in severe poverty.
According to the government, 4.5million people are in need of emergency food aid with more than 50 per cent of children under the age of five suffering from stunted growth.
A further 34.6 per cent suffer from wasting.
The girls had, in the past, raised money through family, friends and door-knocking in their local community.
This year the girls have branched out to businesses in an effort to double the money raised in 2011.
Sammi said even one of their teachers from Mandurah Catholic College had pledged to help out.
Any one wanting to donate to Ashleigh’s skydive for World Vision can visit her fundraising page at mycause.com.au/HerosHelpFightHunger