Benefit concert held in Zoey’s honour

2017-12-06 06:01
The late Zoey Harris.Photo: SUPPLIED

The late Zoey Harris.Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE family is still reeling after the death of their little girl seven months ago but using her legacy to help others eases the pain – if only a little.

Zoey Harris (12) passed away in April, and the Harris family has decided to host a benefit concert in her honour – while all the proceeds will go to the Provincial Hospital’s paediatric oncology unit, where Zoey spent her last moments.

Young Zoey was born with biliary atresia, a condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings, causing bile to be trapped in the liver.

She was only a year old when she had a liver transplant and instantly became known as the Bay’s “miracle baby”. After the transplant, doctors did not expect her to live as long as she did.

Zoey also battled with cancer.

“It is still very difficult not having Zoey around but talking about her helps a lot and we feel that having this concert keeps her legacy alive,” said Hubrey Harris, Zoey’s father. “We would also like to make this an annual event.”

He and wife, Vergie, are very grateful for the Provincial Hospital’s paediatric oncology unit for the love and care Zoey received and would like to show their appreciation by donating the proceeds of the concert to them.

“We’ve spent a lot of time in hospital with Zoey and when you are sitting there you observe many things. One of the things we noticed is parents who travel from far, sometimes rural areas, to have their children receive treatment – sometimes for the very first time which can be very daunting. You see the needs they have and the support they require.

“We may not be able to give a lot, but every little drop counts, and in this way we are making sure that Zoey’s legacy lives on. I believe that she would be proud of us for doing this in her name.”

Zoey’s older sister, Caitlin (15), who sang a moving tribute at her funeral, will also be performing at the show, which will feature Bevin Samuels, Loyiso Gijana, Three/Six, Boeta B and Alton Zakay. The concert will start at 3pm at the Bethesda Congregational Church Arcadia on Sunday.

Admission is R50 and the dress code is pink.

For tickets contact Hubrey on 082 334 3951, Vergie on 084 840 3817 or Nicky on 076 660 7951.

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