Kindness of strangers: $2.3K donated for Aedan's new chair
A SURPRISE donation of more than $2000 has brought to an end a long campaign for Hervey Bay's Harris family.
The family has reached its goal of raising about $15,000 to pay for a new wheelchair for son Aedan, 7, who has cerebral palsy.
Urraween resident Dot Fraser has donated a cheque of $2300 to Aedan's Crusade; a foundation created by Cameron and Donna Harris to help their son.
After following the Harris' fundraising efforts through the Chronicle for the past five months, Mrs Fraser decided she wanted to cover the $2000 gap for Aedan's new wheelchair.
"I'd like to help this little boy, help him stand up and move and be independent," Mrs Fraser said.
"I wanted to do it ages ago but I could do it today. I tried very hard to get the money, it's coming out of my retirement savings."
Mrs Fraser met an extremely grateful Mr Harris in the Chronicle office to pass on the cheque.
Mr Harris said he could not believe seven months of fundraising and saving had come to an end, and their goal had been reached.
"This has been a big roller coaster, but absolutely worth it," he said.
"A lot of highs and lows; it's been a good learning experience as a family for Donna, Arianna (sister) Aedan and myself."
He said the next focus for the family would be raising funds for a new, disability friendly car.