This week, Clare Diffey would have turned eight.
The young girl – who lived with rare neurological disease Rett Syndrome before passing away in 2014 – is the inspiration behind Clare’s Angels.
On Thursday the group marked her birthday with a $25,629.15 donation to Orana Early Childhood Intervention.
“They were instrumental in not only providing therapy sessions for Clare, but support for us,” Clare’s mum Jane Diffey said.
OECI manager Janelle Burke offered her “heartfelt thanks” for the donation, and said it would allow OECI to consider more innovative projects that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer.
A further $25,629.15 has been donated to the Children’s Hospital Westmead, Rett Syndrome Research Clinic.
The funds were the proceeds of all of Clare’s Angels’ fundraising efforts in the last two years, including the 2016 New Year’s Eve Ball.
Thursday’s donation brings their fundraising total to approximately $140,000, about $90,000 of which has benefited OECI.
“Clare’s Angels would like to thank all the local businesses and locals that have donated to this wonderful cause,” Angels member Jenny Tracey said.
“Clare is now our angel and is still working her magic as she watches over us all.”