BAKING cupcakes was six-year-old Connor McGovern’s way of thanking people who helped him raise more than $1000 for the Heart Foundation.
Born with a heart defect, the Year 1 Helena Valley Primary School student was an eager participant in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart program.
Jane Brook resident Keila McGovern said her son was found to have a coarctation of the aorta – in which the aorta is narrower than it should be – when he was a baby and had surgery when he was three months old.
“For the rest of his life he will have to have regular check ups with his heart but the doctors are pretty confident he won’t have any major issues,” she said.
She said Connor jumped at the chance to raise money for the foundation.
“He got straight into it,” she said.
“He liked that there was something a bit personal for him.”
They decided to make cupcakes for people who donated. Connor, Mrs McGovern and Connor’s grandmother Robyn Pollard made about 200 cupcakes.
“We did lots and lots of baking; my oven got a work out,” Mrs McGovern said.
It resulted in Connor collecting $1011 for the foundation.
“It’s important because Connor has a heart problem and when he was a baby and went into hospital there were lots and lots of other babies having similar things and many lots worse,” she said.
“It really hit home that this is quite common, and the Heart Foundation helps.”