"Mum, I want to help sick babies get better." When four-year-old Scott Guerini uttered these simple words to his mother one morning, she had no idea how serious he was.
Fast forward two years and the determined little boy has rallied the support of a small Wheatbelt town and raised more than $27,000 for Telethon.
Scott wanted to inspire donations from family and friends, so he devised a plan to walk the entire 25km from his family farm to the nearby town of Southern Cross. A hesitant Nicole and Gary Guerini tried to talk their son into trying something less challenging but soon realised he would not let the dream go, eventually deciding to help him with his quest. So on a cold day in mid-2010 a small boy, barely reaching the waist of his mother who walked beside him, took tiny steps to raise just over $3000.
Scott had never been seriously ill or even seen Telethon when he came up with his fundraising plans.
He followed up his efforts last year with a total of $5618 before taking his fundraising to another level with a $18,350 donation this week.
The Southern Cross community has rallied behind him with fundraiser barbecues and raffles.
Local mining company Cliffs Natural Resources threw in a sizeable donation.
"I'm really proud of him," Mrs Guerini said.