The Aussie Hands Foundation is $700 richer thanks to a week of fund-raising by Winmalee Community Preschool.
The foundation helps raise awareness about hand differences and the school held an obstathon (an obstacle race raising money for charity) to help their cause.
The school became aware of the charity after Keira Scanlon - who has a rare congenital hand disease leaving her with little or no bone in her left hand - started at the school this year. Children completed a range of obstacles including a beanbag toss, balance board and agility ladder; and also received a visit from former director Winsome Badman (nee Mahoney), 83, on Friday August 30.
Mrs Badman, a well known Mountains marriage celebrant, lost several fingers to frostbite as a child after wandering off in rural Tamworth. She was lost for nine hours before being found by police dogs and spent a year in hospital undergoing blood transfusions and surgeries that saved her arm from amputation. Mrs Badman told the children of her own challenges and successes with "a little hand".
Keira's little left hand certainly hasn't held her back. The five-year-old has learnt to climb trees and monkey bars, count with both fingers, water-ski, even play the piano.
The Gazette first reported on Keira's story on August 7. At the time her mum, Natalie Scanlon, said if you asked Keira about her hand difference "she is likely to tell you a crocodile ate her fingers". Preschool director Michele Jennings said it had been a big week for the school which had also celebrated two Father's Day breakfasts.