Sophie's Team

Sun Up Challenge 2021

Final Day of exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today Sophie and Eden (beautiful SunUp team members) hid these very special rocks along our jogging path. Two kites and two suns in honour of the Redkite Sun Up challenge ❤️
We hope they spark joy for the people who find them. 🥰
We've loved the daily exercise during this challenge and we're so grateful for all the donations and support. Together we've helped to make a very big difference for families facing childhood cancer. Sophie is passionate about giving back to Redkite, who helped SO much during her battle with Leukemia. She will forever be a proud ambassador for Redkite. ❤️

Day 29 exercise 🏃‍♀️


WOW! The 2nd last day already! This daily exercise challenge has been wonderful! 🥰 The SunUp Buddies - Eden and Sophie have made us so proud with their commitment ❤️ Their brothers who have joined us for the adventures have loved it too ❤️
Today we had fun exploring the local caves and throwing rocks into the lake. 🥰

Day 28 exercise 🥊

This morning Sophie and her big sister Emily did a Muay Thai class via zoom. Their kicks and punches are getting stronger all the time 😍

Day 27 exercise 💃


Today Sophie had fun dancing with the Body Groove app 💖 It's wonderful how much you can learn online these days! Between zoom classes and apps - the inspiration and motivation is there if you want it 🥰

Day 26 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today Sophie had fun exercising and playing at one of our local play-grounds ... I think she'd forgotten how much fun they can be 💖

Day 25 exercise 🥋

Today Sophie and I joined in for both a karate and weapons zoom class.

Day 24 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today Sophie & Eden managed to fit in a walk even though it was Sophie's brother's birthday...they're dedicated to this challenge. Great work girls!

Day 23 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today we had a bush-walk around the beautiful Lake Macquarie and had fun constructing a bush-hut when we reached a clearing 🥰

Day 22 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today’s exercise was a fabulous adventure exploring on a bush walk 🥰 I love how easily these 4 can entertain each other and have fun outside… this challenge has been one of the best things we could have possibly done during the lockdown- getting outside and being active with friends… it reminds me of my childhood 🥰 What a wonderful way to help raise money for Redkite ❤️

Day 21 exercise 🥊

Today Sophie and Emily did a zoom Muay Thai class together. Sophie is a novice at Muay Thai because she usually focuses on karate and weapons training - so it's fun for Emily to help her out - Emily has earned her 3rd band for Muay Thai. The zoom classes have been a great opportunity for testing out different martial arts 🥋 We're very lucky to have so many classes to choose from every week! There's 9 days left of the daily exercise challenge - we've got a bit more variety planned. We're having fun!

Day 20 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today the kids had heaps of fun at the bike jumps in the bush … without bikes 😅😂 🤷‍♀️ Apparently running and jumping was entertaining enough because they were doing it for ages 😅😂

❤️ International Day of Gratitude ❤️ 21 September 2021

❤️ Today is the International Day of Gratitude ❤️
Every single day we're grateful that Sophie beat Leukemia and for the amazing support we had from Children's Cancer charities during her battle. Redkite was there for us from Day 1 ... they really are a lifeline for families facing childhood cancer. They provide emotional support and connection as well as financial support for families who need it. This bag, full of essential supplies was given to us on the day Sophie was diagnosed - it was such a welcome relief on a dreadful day - I didn't leave the hospital for weeks and those supplies got us through those first few days of complete shock. It was so reassuring to know there was a charity that knew what we'd need and was there to provide a safety net for us 🙏

Day 19 exercise 🏊‍♀️

A beautiful day in sunny Valentine ❤️ so today’s exercise is back in the pool … I think she might have been inspired by synchronised swimming 🏊‍♀️ 😂 the swimming looked a lot more like dancing to me 🤷‍♀️😂

Day 18 exercise 🥋

This morning Sophie joined in for a zoom class on traditional Okinawan weapons - called kobudo. It's a very rare skill these days and we feel very grateful to have the opportunity to learn it. Sophie particularly enjoys the bo staff.
Weapons training is an additional skill to add to our martial arts training. At our dojo (Pollets Martial Arts) you can earn a black belt in karate AND a black belt in weapons. Sophie is aiming to achieve both - which will take many years and a lot of dedication to training. She puts in 100% ALL the time. I know she'll get there ... this girl learned the hard way how to conquer big goals 💪
And I think this means I'm raising a lethal weapon!
#LeukemiaSheBeatYou #KarateKid

Day 16 exercise ❤️

Today is a big day for us ... it's the 5th anniversary since Sophie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia AND it's Double Day thanks to BOC doubling every donation given today! We thought flying a kite in honour of all the help we received from Redkite was the perfect exercise for SunUp Buddies Sophie and Eden ❤️

Day 15 exercise 🥋

Today Sophie and I practiced self-defence combinations and take-downs as our daily exercise for the SunUpChallenge ☀️ Such vital skills - I'm so glad Sophie knows how to defend herself. P.S Our garage has been turned into a dojo - I don't think the car is EVER getting it back 🤣

Day 14 exercise 💪

It’s very wet here today so we were grateful for the Muay Thai zoom class this morning 😅 It’s nice to see some of their friends in the class too 🥰

Day 13 exercise 🏃‍♀️

This morning we went on a bush-walk before school… such a great way to start the week! We’re feeling very lucky that our local government area has so many beautiful places to exercise outdoors… if we have to be stuck in lockdown at least we’ve got a nice place to be stuck 😅 We’re loving this exercise challenge and have some more variety planned for the month… what a fabulous way to be helping raise money!

Day 12 exercise 🧜‍♀️

Today was a beautiful sunny, warm day so the exercise today was hours of fun swimming in the pool ... we're enjoying adding lots of variety to our exercise during the Sun Up Challenge ☀️

Day 11 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Sophie enjoyed a lakeside run with Andy 🏃‍♀️ There’s something special about finding the motivation to keep it up even on days we don’t feel like it. Knowing we’re helping to raise money for families with a child with cancer who really need help from Redkite is the extra fuel to keep going 🙌

Day 10 exercise 🥋

Today's morning exercise was a zoom karate lesson. No one is ever going to mess with Sophie! Look at the determination on her face 🤩 💪 She's certainly going to know how to protect herself! Go Sophie! She's lucky to have a willing little brother to practice it on 🤣

Day 9 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today the girls had fun hiding some painted rocks along the walk to help spread joy for R U OK day ❤️ Exercising together has made a massive difference during the lockdown 🥰 It’s a WIN, WIN, WIN!! Helping raise money for Redkite, improving fitness and maintaining connection ❤️

Day 8 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today we had a jog along the beach and celebrated a fundraising milestone! We've passed the $6,000 mark ... getting closer to the $7,500 target. A huge thank you to all the amazing sponsors and fundraisers in the team ❤️

Day 7 exercise 🥊

Today Sophie did a Muay Thai class via zoom and some extra punching out in the sunshine afterwards. Sophie has been enjoying the challenge of adding some variety to her Martial Arts training. While we miss the dojo, the online classes during lockdown have been fun! Luckily we're very well set-up at home with lots of equipment (we're all obsessed 😅) 

Day 6 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today’s SunUpChallenge exercise was a 3.5km jog and some jumping fun 🤩🏃‍♀️ These gorgeous SunUp Buddies are loving every minute of this challenge!

Day 5 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today’s exercise was a beach walk and fun exploring the rocks … a lovely family outing for Fathers Day ❤️ They’re lucky to have such an amazing Dad ❤️

Day 4 exercise 🥋

The International Day of Charities ❤️ Today was a massive day full of exercise for the SunUpChallenge ☀️ ☀️ Sophie started with a zoom class of karate with Emily 💕 ☀️ Then she did a zoom class of traditional weapons with Andy 💕 ☀️ Then she went on a 6km walk with a friend and had fun doing some gymnastics along the way 🤸‍♀️ ❤️ She knows that she doesn’t have to do so much exercise for the challenge but she’s been enjoying it and feels like it’s helping to make a bigger difference … especially today for the International Day of Charities 🙏 We’re definitely going to be fitter by the end of September 😀

Day 3 exercise 🥋

Today’s morning exercise for the SunUp Challenge was a karate class via zoom 🥋 We’re hoping the lockdown doesn’t last for too much longer, but we’re very grateful for the zoom classes in the meantime 🥰 Another day of exercise fun 🤩

Day 2 exercise 🏃‍♀️

Today Sophie and SunUp Buddy, Eden enjoyed a 4.5km walk / jog that turned into a treasure hunt! They found some beautiful painted rocks hidden along the path ... such a lovely way to spread joy for kids! Now the girls are on a mission to do the same for others 🌈

Day 1 exercise 🏃‍♀️

For the first day of the challenge Sophie was joined by SunUp Buddy, Eden for a 6.5km jog/walk by the beautiful Lake Macquarie. The smiles said it all! Such a beautiful way to start the day. We're going to enjoy this challenge - and get fit in the process!

I’m doing the Sun Up Challenge this September!

Please be my Sun Up buddy and support my challenge by making a donation. Your kindness means that Redkite can provide care for more families like mine. Thank you. Sophie. ❤ 🌞

Redkite allowed us to focus on her treatment and getting our precious little girl better. Support from people just like you helped create a miracle by keeping our family strong and together. Sophie’s doing really well now and she’s officially cancer free. Woohoo!!! – Christine, Sophie’s mum and Sun Up buddy.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Jess Andrew

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Kim Serafini

Thank you so much for your valuable contributions to making the world a brighter place. Absolutely breathtakingly inspirational.

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Vicki Brent

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Missy Tisdall

Sophie you are such an inspiration for all . Your determination, hope and fight deep down inside is In red I left. You are one of gods Lil angels on earth😇💖God bless you sweetie

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Carrie Baker

I love what you’re doing Sophie. This money was raised on one of my bus trips from people wanting to help children like you when facing a really difficult time.

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Pollet's Newcastle

Fantastic work. Best wishes for all your sunrise challenges. Cheering you on proudly ❤

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Christine Tylee

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Christine Tylee

So proud of our beautiful girl - helping to make a difference and giving back to other kids like her and their families ❤️

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Sarah Addinall

This is so great Sophie!! 🥋 🌟

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David Parry

Keep up the good work

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Pam Macdonald

Glad to know good people like you who are so caring and supportive of others. You are rocking this challenge! Best from Pete and me

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Kate Ramage

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Danielle

Hey Sophie, I raised this money by selling some hand creams in my VIP body shop group. Everyone is super excited for you! Keep up the amazing work ❤️ Danni + My Body Shop VIP’s xxx

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Julie Calvert

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Bulbert Family

You're a TV and Pollets superstar :)

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Jessica Kratzmann

Keep up the great work Sophie - lots of love from Jessica and the Boujee Boss Co ❤️

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Karyn And Todd Kluver

Sophie you are one very brave girl and your doing a great job

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Leah Fordham

Good on you, Sophie! Our family just saw your story on the news and were very moved. Love your Seiunchin and your sparring combos! It seems your positivity has brought you strength, resilience as well as generosity of spirit and got you through a challenging time in your young life. Well done and good luck for the future!

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Carey

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Kylie Edson

Your power and smile is pure sunshine and I want to thank you for always sharing that sweety.

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David

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Brianna

Keep up the awesome work Sophie!

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Dean Calvert

Great cause - way to go sis <3

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Leighton Keutenius

For the kids and you Bec

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Kirsty Gaden

Keep up the great work Sophie! Go for that goal 🥰

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Maxine Gardner

Go Sophie Your a wonderful caring you g lady who appreciates the help this charity gave you abc paying it forward

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Rye Hofilena

Hi Sophie You are an amazing person. The whole world is so lucky to have such a strong and generous girl like you. Keep up the good work We are proud of you in every single way.

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Neo Aplin

Go Catherine and Asha! Great cause to brave the cold.

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Michael Munro

Awesome work Sophie! You and your family are and inspiration to us all

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Lois Tozer

Wish you well Sophie ! God Bless 🙏❤️

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Dymphna Mcquay

Enjoy the walks! Dee x

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Trish Nicholls

You are my inspiration, Soph 🤗 I thought you spoke beautifully about the Redkite foundation and your difficult journey. You were such a little trooper! 👍 It was so lovely seeing your gorgeous smiling face today. (and Andy’s too!) Take care precious girl. 💕

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S Kip

Keep inspiring, fighting and educating people far and wide! Red Kite are lucky to have such passionate and dedicated volunteers to support everyone on their journey. Great job! X

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Nicole Byrne

Enjoy the sunrises xxx

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Fiona

Great initiative Kate!! Enjoy your walks x

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Vanessa Findlater

Amazing job Sophie

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Cheryl Macnaught

Good on you Bub, a great initiative for a great charity 😘

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Nicole Blunt

Nice work x

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Daniel White

Good work Shayne!! Good cause!

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Bernadette Overlunde

Sophie, remember you are one brave and inspiring girl. Hugs and love .

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Monica Dafters

It makes me so happy to see your smiley photos raising money and awareness! X

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Leanne Powers

Hi Sophie! We are so inspired by you. Sending lots of love & sunshine all the way from Niagara Falls New York - Your friends Lee & LaLa

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Kate Cavallaro

The family that just keeps inspiring - go team - very proud to support this amazing cause

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Leighton

Go get it bec

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YOU ARE SO AWESOME SOPHIE !!!

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Karen Blackert

Your joy brings strength to others!

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Maureen Buncle

Good Luck Carolin!

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Ahona G

Sending you this for my friend, Mandy, and her daughter who had (and is now in remission from) childhood cancer.

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Janice Lewis

Sophie , you and your team are amazing and I am really inspired by your daily activities and share some with my grandsons❤

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Cheryl Stephens

Sophie you are such an inspiration. Well done x

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Tracey

Good luck! Such a great cause ☺️

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Clare Sullivan

Great cause.

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Sarah, Gabriel & Ethan

Great job 👏

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Melani Mcgregor

You guys should be some proud of your achievements! What a rockstar pair you are! So grateful for charities like this that support wonderful families like yours x

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We're not morning people either so we are very impressed with your dedication! Well done - so very, very nearly there.

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Denise Slee

Well done Eden, good luck Xx

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Sheree White

Hi Sophie, You are a true inspiration and little Miracle, great work i’m sure you will smash your goal and those early morning exercises . Take care we are very proud of you . Love Sheree and Ariella

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Chelsea Steinhauser

You are such an inspirational kiddo Sophie! I love seeing all of your achievements that Mum proudly posts on Facebook. Keep reaching for the stars you little champ🏆

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Robyn Pollock

Good luck!

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Sallie Brunner

Sending lots of love your way Beautiful Girl 🥰🥰🥰

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Kim Franklin

Keep up the great work you and your family are doing xx kim

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Tatiana Isaacs

Good luck with the challenge Sophie and Christine! I hope you all are keeping safe. Thank you for supporting Redkite families at such a difficult time. Xxx

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Emilu Holgate

Go you good thing! You guys will smash this for sure 💕

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Ginger & Willow Xx

Great work Sophie!!!

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Anonymous

I wish you many beautiful sunrises! 🌞

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Cat Rogers

Way to go Sophie!

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Jodie Hogg

You are amazing Sophie. Keep kicking butt!

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Chris Noon

Great cause Michelle, all the best with the challenge!

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Anonymous

I LOVE YOU :)

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👏😊❤️🤗

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You are doing great :) xx

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Tracey Tobin

Great job Sophie! You are an inspiration. Just like your mother perit's like your mother. Keep on trucking my girl

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Catherine Lander

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Kim Mcarthur

You guys are amazing 🤩

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Kalliopi Vakras

Good work Asha & Catherine Kisses from Dennis and family x

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Samantha Fisher

Good luck Rebecca <3

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Sadishna Webb

All the best😀

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Anne-marie

Go Bec, good on you, always thinking of others and getting out there. I will think of you while I'm lying in bed :-)

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Rosetta Holmes

This is awesome Melissa! All the best with your target 🙌

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Catherine Hennessy

Great job well done!!! Love pabs, cat and the fur babies xxx

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Michelle Guinea

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The Lloyd Family

Wow Sophie! I’m loving seeing all of the activities you are getting up to in the Sunup challenge! Super well done! 😀

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Shelley

Well done. Amazing effort!!

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Adri

Great cause Catherine! Have loved your daily walking blog 💓

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Joanne Hansen

Cheering you on all the way!!

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Lexie & Hayley Coulson

Best of luck on the challenge Sophie!

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Go Eden

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Well done Melissa

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Tracy Baulman

Congratulations, great work

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G Mueller

Great job Sophie!

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Liudmyla Partala

Great job. Proud of you.

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Cara Enright

Best of Luck with hitting your target Sophie! What a beautiful and caring young lady. You are an inspiration to us all!

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Lyn Wagner

Happy to support you & this great cause, Catherine.

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Zhanna Klamet

Well done Kim-Calverts! 👏 ♥️

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Jodie Dann

Thanks Bec

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Olivia Findlater

Wonderful cause Sophie.

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Zachary

Amazing job Sophie

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Isla

Well done Sophie!

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John R

Good luck with the challenge you legend!

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Marcal Watson

Amazing work done by amazing people 🌟 go Sophie’s team 💛

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Lisa Goodwin

Good luck Sophie💗

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Julie

Go Sophie. Well done

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Anonymous

Hi Sophie, I just saw you on the news. You and your family are very brave, and caring. Wishing you and your family all the best.

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Soraya And Laila Blake

So proud of you. Keep up the good work! ❤️

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Maiya Kim

Good job!

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Michael Chapman

Hi Catherine, Just made a donation from Michelle, Kora, Baby Jack and myself. x Hope you are doing well!

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Leigh Rich

Well done Soph! Proud of you. 🥰

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Jo-ann Hoban

Sending big hugs to you all. Thanks for all that you do. ❤❤❤❤❤

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Michelle T

Well done Sophie! You are an amazing girl! Keep up the great work princess!

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Meagan O’brien

What an amazing gift you are giving. Wishing you a bright and happy future.

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Well done girls. Keep up the good work.

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Kirstyn Berris

Great work Sophie, you strong, beautiful soul ❤️

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Jenna Simpson

You are a true inspiration and a hope for anyone going through such a traumatic experience that they can get through it and achieve all their goals and dreams. I hope the future is as bright as your lovely smile. Keep being You!

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Dani

A special donation, from my heart to yours on what is both a difficult but special day. Lots of love

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