Sadie Aird, eight, receives wish of a lifetime

Sadie Aird with parents Damien and Melissa and brother Charlie with Make-A-Wish Barossa Branch members and helpers Rachael Dittrich, Amanda Noack, Tahlia Noack, Dearne Fotheringham and Amber Noack.
Sadie Aird with parents Damien and Melissa and brother Charlie with Make-A-Wish Barossa Branch members and helpers Rachael Dittrich, Amanda Noack, Tahlia Noack, Dearne Fotheringham and Amber Noack.

A mad hatter and a host of colourful characters were on hand to help grant the wish of a lifetime for eight-year-old bookworm Sadie Aird in January.

The Nuriootpa youngster, who was diagnosed last year with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, wished for an everlasting supply of books to take her to magical places.

The circulating room in the State Library was the perfect setting for a whimsical Alice in Wonderland themed celebration and a book presentation tailor-made for Sadie.

After a day of surprises, including a treasure hunt through the library and Mad Hatters Tea Party with a personalised cake, Sadie’s joy was summed up to her mum, Mel, in a few simple words: “It feels good to be happy mum”.

Make-A-Wish Barossa Branch team leader Amanda Noack said it was an inspirational day and thanked the many people who worked hard behind the scenes to make Sadie’s wish memorable.

“The look on Sadie’s face was something we’ll never forget, and it was our privilege to make her dream come true, knowing it will bring her happiness and pleasure for years to come,” Mrs Noack said.

Sadie’s wish will also see her home library redecorated to create a special world of make-believe in her own private reading sanctuary.