BILLIE KINDER AND “HOPE”
Billie Kinder was a talented rider with a passion for show jumping. In 2015 she won the State Overall Interschool Champion Showjumper and the State Interschool Champion Rider awards. CEO for Equestrian NSW, Bruce Farrar, called Billie “one of our best young riders”. Sadly, she was killed in a tragic horse accident in May 2016.
Billie also shone academically and had just been awarded a scholarship to attend Arndell Anglican College in NSW, based on her amazing writing ability. She had always wanted to write a book and often asked her parents what she should write about. After she died, the family gathered up her poems, stories and artwork in order to fulfil her vision, so that her own words could complete her journey. Billie’s dream has now become a reality in this beautiful book, HOPE.
She was not your average 12-year-old, which is evident by her amazing ability to put into words, much of what children are thinking but cannot talk about. Her parents have received testimonials from other parents saying that Billie’s book has helped their children with issues ranging from lack of confidence, through to anxiety and depression.
Some of the schools that have purchased the book are using it for “circle time” to talk about issues such as death and bullying. Billie had an unbelievable way of helping and inspiring other children and her book, HOPE, is already making a difference to many other lives.
All profits from the book go to charity; in particular, Bear Cottage (a palliative care home for children and their families). They are now the main recipient of the profits from HOPE, with the first payment having gone off to cover expenses for the organisation’s resident dog, Frankie, who visits the children every day. This payment will cover all Frankie’s food, vet bills and care for the next year. The second donation has gone to a beautiful 6-year-old who suffers from epilepsy and will help to pay for a Seizure Response Dog for her.
All the information about the book and how to buy it are on Billie’s website: