Holley donates another $100 to Westpac Helicopter

LIFE SAVER: Holley Knott, of Lennox Head, with rescue crewman Tom Burns, donates $100 to the Westpac helicopter.
LIFE SAVER: Holley Knott, of Lennox Head, with rescue crewman Tom Burns, donates $100 to the Westpac helicopter. Doug Eaton

HOLLEY Somerville-Knott may be small, but she's got a big heart for charity.

The 10-year-old singer has donated $100 to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter which she raised by busking in Byron Bay.

However, this is not the first time Holley has opened her heart (and her wallet) to a worthy community organisation.

Over the last two years, she has generously donated to more than 10 community organisations through her self-made charity Stardust Entertainment.

Holley said she started the foundation after she began busking on the street when she was only eight years of age.

"I started my charity foundation, Stardust Entertainment, because I've always loved singing, helping people and animals and I'm interested in kindness," she said.

"I think it's my destiny (to donate to charity)."

The confident young lady said she hadn't kept count, but thought she had raised almost $5000 by busking which she has donated to different charities.

When asked why she chose to give the $100 to Westpac, she said she'd heard about people on the Northern Rivers being rescued by the chopper and thought "now was a great time" to donate.

"I chose this charity because it's good to the community and, after seeing recent events like those people who were rescued from the esky, I thought $100 would be a good help," Holley said.

Air crewman Steve von Bratt and his colleague Tom Burns received the money in a ceremony at the Westpac helicopter base in Lismore on Monday afternoon.

Holley was also presented with a plaque from the service as a thank you for her donation.

"This $100 will probably save someone's life," Mr von Bratt said when he received the donation.

Holley's mother Karol Knott said she was proud of her daughter and her kind spirit.

"I hope other children will be inspired to do something like this as a result of seeing Holley," Ms Knott said.



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