Last year I wrote about a young friend of ours who had written a cookbook to raise money for the people of Christchurch after the earthquake. Since then Nic has (hand)written two more cookbooks, sold some of his art to fundraise for both Christchurch and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, won the Good Morning show's Kids' Cook-off competition, appeared on billboards and TV with Judy Bailey as the ambassador for the MDA Bowtie Appeal and will soon appear on TV in a story Attitude Pictures have been filming about him.
Nic is 10 years old and has muscular dystrophy, which is affecting his life in many ways now, like having photosensitive epilepsy, migraines, sleep apnoea and osteoporosis. He also has a wheelchair which he uses around school because he gets very tired. What I find inspiring about Nic is that his condition doesn't define him. He has incredible parents who are supporting him to lead a full and meaningful life, just like other children. Like other kids his age, he plays Lego and draws cool pictures, plays the guitar and likes soccer. The difference is he has raised over $1700 in a tireless campaign to help others.
Next week Nic's fundraising efforts are going up a notch with the release of his new cookbook through Scholastic. It will be for sale in bookshops and half of all money raised will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He'll have some cooking demonstrations around Auckland; have a look at the poster below to see when and where.
Follow his journey on his blog, where you can find out more about Nic and his interesting life.