LITTLE THINGS: Billy Lynch 8, donated all $550 of his savings to help the Friends of Fiji appeal, a Gladstone group aimed at donating items to the people affected by cyclone Winston. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
LITTLE THINGS: Billy Lynch 8, donated all $550 of his savings to help the Friends of Fiji appeal, a Gladstone group aimed at donating items to the people affected by cyclone Winston. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Why 8-year-old Billy Lynch gave up all of his savings

BILLY LYNCH didn't think twice about giving up all of his savings to the Friends of Fiji appeal.

Over the years Billy has saved $550 from pocket money, spending money and present money.

He also has a deal with his grandparents, if he goes on holidays and doesn't spend money, they double what he went on holidays with. But Billy said there were other people out there that needed it more.

The 8-year-old's mother Julie Chesterman is an organiser of the Gladstone Friends of Fiji group, and with the help of the community the group were able to send 21 pallets of donated goods to families affected by cyclone Winston in Fiji.

The group was in the process of finding out a way to get the pallets to Brisbane, which would then be sent to Fiji and distributed across affected areas.

"Billy and I were at the bank withdrawing some of his savings for him to spend when I got a call from the drivers of the company we were using to transports the pallets to Brisbane," Mrs Chesterman said.

"I was quoted $550 for the trip from here to Brisbane, which I accepted," she said. She hung up the phone and was about to step forward in the line at the bank when she felt Billy grab her hand. "Mum, I have exactly that much in savings," Billy said.

"Let me pay for the trucks, the people in Fiji need this money more than me." Mrs Chesterman said she 'got all teary' right there in the bank and didn't know what to say.

"That was a proud moment for me," she said.

"He doesn't have a huge concept of dollar value, but that is very generous of an 8-year-old," Mrs Chesterman said.

Billy continued to insist he wanted to pay for it, so in the end he did.

"It was just incredible," Mrs Chesterman said. Billy is currently in grade 3 at Star of the Sea and has already started saving again in his new red piggy bank.

"It's only coins at the moment but it turns out he had quite a few left over," Mrs Chesterman said.

"And I may have added a little more to his account as a reward for him being so kind hearted and selfless."



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