WHEN 13-year-old Brooke Donelly was sent an envelope full of $100 notes she couldn’t believe her luck.
Thanks to the kindness of an anonymous stranger, who had sent her $1000, the plucky Cargo teenager raised more than enough money to pay the veterinary bill of a friend’s dog that was injured in a hit-and-run accident in December last year.
Brooke had witnessed the driver swerve to hit the Australian terrier cross Noodles and vowed to raise the money to cover his veterinary bill and help his owner Tammy Cain, who was going through a difficult period following the death of her husband.
Brooke produced a flyer explaining Noodles’ accident and asking people to put cash in a fundraising bucket at her family’s business The Cargo Inn.
Several local people donated to the cause but it was the anonymous donation from an Orange postal address that boosted the total raised to $1240.20.
Brooke’s mother Donna Donelly said the money raised was proof “there are still caring people out there”.
Mrs Donelly said she wasn’t surprised her daughter achieved her goal.
“She’s the kind of person that would save a mouse if she could,” she said.
Brooke said she had no idea who sent the money but would love the chance to thank them personally.
“I think they must be an animal lover who thought what happened to Noodles was cruel,” she said.
“I just want to give them a big thank-you, what they did was awesome.”
Brooke said she had handed the money over to the Cain family, who were overwhelmed with the gift.
“They cried, they were very grateful that I’d raised the money to help them out,” she said.
Brooke said Noodles was recovering well although still limped.
“I think he’ll have that limp for a while,” she said.