Man's extraordinary dream to bring Christmas to Katikati girl with cerebral palsy

An elderly man's extraordinary dream to bring Christmas cheer to Katikati has finally come true, after months of meticulous planning. 

The spirit of giving is coming to life, with all of the money raised from his charity concert going to one very deserving little girl.

Ocean Waite is like many four-year-old girls, she loves the movie Frozen, and the colour pink. But she also lives with cerebral palsy. 

"She's a pretty strong-willed little girl, pretty determined," Ocean's mother Kristen Waite says. 

"Her brain was sending mixed messages to her legs, causing what's called spasticity or tightness in her legs."

After surgery in the US to destroy the malfunctioning nerve roots, Ocean's now learning how to walk without a frame with the help of specialist trainer Mike Poole.

It took a huge fundraising effort from the local community to get Ocean this far, but as the treatment continues so must the fundraising.

And that's where local Ken Allen heard about Ocean's story, and decided he wanted to help.

So with the help of the RSA and a local rest home, he organised and put on a special Christmas concert for her last night.

It's not just a charity concert to help Ocean, but it's also been designed to get rest home residents out in the sun - and for those who can't be out in the sun, they're watching from the comfort of their living room.

He wants Ocean to know she has his full support and for New Zealand to know Katikati is a special town.

"I want it known as the friendliest town in the country," Mr Allen says. 

And the proof was on show last night with the local kapa haka group, schools, TV and film stars, and local choirs all giving it their best shot. 

The concert raised $1750 on Monday night, and the money is still coming in.


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