Fundraising car show for Arianna

Proceeds from the car show will go to Arianna Girran.

Nelisha and Kaveer Girran, the parents of three-year-old Arianna Girran, are appealing to the community to support the fundraising car show that will raise funds to take their daughter one step closer to getting the potentially life-changing stem cell treatment she desperately needs.
The Arianna Girran Motorshow will take place on July 14 at the C21 school grounds from 9am. The fundraising initiative is being hosted by Mark Keegan Naidoo. Naidoo, who saw the article on Arianna’s condition in the Public Eye and on social media, said Arianna’s story and her family’s struggle to help their little girl receive the much needed stem cell treatment touched his heart.
“As a parent, I can’t imagine the daily challenges Arianna and her parents face. I decided to contact the family and find a way to help them raise the funds. I hope the public will turn out in their numbers to support this fundraiser for Arianna,” he said.
So far the Girrans have received R40 000 in donations. The stem cell treatment will cost R150 000 excluding the family’s airfares and accommodation.
“Through research we have found the Neurogen Brain and Spine Institute in Mumbai. They will only undertake the operation with the full amount paid up front. We are hoping that before the year is over, Arianna can have the treatment,”
Arianna, a happy, bubbly child, was born at 28-weeks premature due to Nelisha having pneumonia and pleural effusion at the time of her birth which led to Arianna having fluid in her brain (hydrocephalus). “Arianna had to be resuscitated after being born via an emergency caesarean. Since then, her development has been greatly stunted and she has developed several medical conditions including spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Autistism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and senorineural hearing loss.”
Apart from this, the Girrans also require funds for mobility and communication devices, therapy costs, foot orthotics and a caregiver.
The car show offers two SPL runs, bass boxing, a show and shine and a sound off. The kids can enjoy the jumping castles provided and there are a variety of food stalls and entertainment available.  For more information, call Mark on 072 323 8590.

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Keroshini Paltu

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