Governor s generosity stuns family
Sophie Read with the $60,000 pendant. Picture: Michael Wilson

For little Sophie Read, becoming one of this year's young Telethon stars was a dream come true and she now has a precious reminder of it, thanks to WA Governor Malcolm McCusker.

Mr McCusker bid $60,000 at the Telethon Lexus Ball for a diamond pendant designed by Solid Gold, which Sophie and fellow Telethon star Conor Brown helped create.

The generous Governor then ensured it was given to Sophie, 7, yesterday to the astonishment of her mother, Aydee Edwards.

"I was completely amazed, just humbled and lost for words," she said. "Sophie thinks it is fantastic.

"She doesn't completely understand the value of it but she loves it and loves that she had a part in creating it."

As Telethon came to a close last night, it was revealed that Sophie's Telethon co-star co-star Conor Brown would receive $50,000 for his education and future care.

Sophie, from Bunbury, has juvenile arthritis and a condition that weakens the bones in her legs.

The white and rose gold pendant features white and pink Argyle diamonds and was something the Edwards family could have only dreamt of. Last week, family members bought lottery tickets together hoping to win so they could buy the necklace for Sophie, but never thought it would happen.

"It's something she can keep for ever, a memento of an unbelievable weekend," Ms Edwards said.

"We have been so proud to be a part of Telethon and helping give back to WA's kids."

Another highlight for Sophie came when pop star Johnny Ruffo greeted her with a surprise kiss.

The West Australian

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