“We put smiles on people’s faces”, said Jonathan Zimbler from the Australian Toy Association and he helped do just that at the Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club breakfast meeting last week.

Mr Zimbler joined Rotary Club members, local businesses and representatives from Winston Hills Lions Club for a special presentation to the Bhanushali family.

A united effort from them all raised the $16,000 needed to buy a custom-made wheelchair for 10-year-old Amruta, a student at The Hills School, Northmead.

Amruta has Rett Syndrome and has significant scoliosis and global development delay. She weighs just 16kg.

Her parents Pramod and Manisha Bhanushali said the custom-made wheelchair would make a huge difference to their daughter’s life.

Members of The Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise joined forces with the Lions Club of Winston Hills to raise the funds which were boosted by donations from the Hills Rotaract Club, the Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook, local businesses plus a $10,000 donation from the Australian Toy Association.

Mr Bhanushali said he and his family were very grateful for the clubs and local businesses taking up the project and “standing with “ him during difficult times.

“Amruta is living a beautiful life with a good education, good food in a good country. It’s because of the community support and good people surrounding her.”

The family said that in their daughter had made huge advances in the past 2½ years with the help doctors and staff at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead and the staff at The Hills School.

President of the Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise, Jeremy Carter said: “(We are) thrilled to be able to partner with the Lions Club of Winston Hills, local businesses and the Australian Toy Retailers Association to make the dream of a new wheelchair for Amruta and her family a reality. It’s amazing to see the generosity of our Community in action in supporting this young lady.”

Winston Hills Lions President Ian Field said it was great to be involved in a joint project.

Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at 7am at Maurice’s Café at Hills Shire Council.

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