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Age no barrier to giving

April 12, 2013



Little Zara Steenholdt proves age is no barrier to generosity, with the nine year-old donating her own birthday present to the Eye and Ear hospital earlier this year.

As Zara presented a gift of $150 to some very impressed members of staff, her mother Sheena said this is something Zara does every year, choosing a different charity to donate her birthday money to.

Zara first began donating to charities after seeing footage of flood damage in Pakistan in 2010, immediately asking Sheena how she could help.

“Zara believes that she has everything she already needs and would rather give the money to somewhere where it can do some good,” Sheena said.

Zara says she feels honoured to donate to non-profit and charity organisations each year.

“On my birthday invitations I tell my friends to give me a donation to a cause that I choose because I don't need presents every year, I am very lucky. It makes me feel proud that I donate the money.

“My mum has had operations at the Eye and Ear in the past and I wanted to thank the hospital for helping people with bad eyes and ears, like my mum.”

Just one day after Zara's generous donation, 95 year-old Paolo Giuco asked those planning to give him a birthday gift to instead donate the money to the Eye and Ear. Donations from Paolo's friends and family eventually totalled more than $800.