Dior inspired fundraising

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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9-year-old Dior Blackburn and mother Eliza at Our Lady of the Capes Primary school where Eliza has raised nearly $1000 for disabled surfing
Camera Icon9-year-old Dior Blackburn and mother Eliza at Our Lady of the Capes Primary school where Eliza has raised nearly $1000 for disabled surfing Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

The South West branch of Disabled Surfing Association Australia have hailed an unlikely hero, 9-year-old Dior Blackburn, who raised almost $1000 for the not-for-profit organisation.

After sharing in the “awesome experience” of volunteering for DSAA with her family Dior was inspired to do more.

She began by charging her mother Eliza’s friends one Dollar for each drink poured in her backyard “Dior’s Café”.

On the menu were smoothies and sandwiches and with Mum’s help she quickly made about $22 before hitting the road and fundraising at local caravan parks.

The Initiative grew to encompass her school, Our Lady of the Capes, where students, teachers and parents began to donate to the worthy cause.

“I love to surf and I love making food,” Dior said.

The shy fourth grader said she enjoyed “catching waves” and the big smiles on the disabled surfer’s faces when she volunteered with DSAA.

Disabled Surfing South West Treasurer Ashlyn Thompson said she was “blown away” by the generosity of a nine-year-old.

“We are so glad she was touched by volunteering with our organisation,” she said.

The money will go to the upcoming season for upkeep of equipment to help continue lets go surfing days, we rely on fundraising and donations and this one is extra special.”

Dior Blackburn was awarded a community merit award today and will present the check to DSAA tomorrow during its final “let’s go surfing” day of the summer.

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