Elise steps up
 to make wishes come true

Elise, 12, is a finalist for the title of Miss Australia International Pre-Teen. (Picture: Damjan Janevski)

Alesha Capone

Point Cook youngster Elise Gitau hopes to raise $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the lead-up to a pageant final she will be participating in next year.

Elise, 12, has been named the state finalist for the title of Miss Australia International Pre-Teen, to be held in February next year.

Elise said she has been working on fundraising activities for Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the help of her mother Gladys.

“I have started my Kids Walk for Wishes campaign and am currently working with my community to help with the fundraising,” she said.

The Kids walk for wishes campaign will require Elise to walk 1000 steps on 13 June.

She is encouraging other children to join in her fundraising efforts by also doing this, in a location of their choosing.

Elise said wanted to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation because one of her school friends sustained a neurological impairment after an accident.

“On day we had a party with Make-A-Wish in our class and my friend was so happy and just lit up,” Elise said.

“I want to make many more children just as happy.”

Elise said she hopes to become an actor when she grows up.

“Some TV shows and movies have put a smile on my face when I really needed it,” she said.

“Then I realised, I could do that too.”

Elise is also part of a drama specialism program at her school and a talented gymnast.

She has represented her school at the Aerobics Gymnastics State and Nationals Championships three years in a row, as part of a team.

See bit.ly/3s0I367 to donate to Elise’s Kids walk for wishes campaign.