A nine-year-old Australian cancer survivor's plea for help with fundraising drew a response from British royalty within 48 hours, but after six weeks only four of almost 400 Australian politicians had replied.
Jayde Bell was bitterly disappointed with the lack of response from the 388 emails she sent to politicians across the country, calling for help to raise money for a $3.5-millionpositron emission tomography (PET) scanner at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
She wrote to Prince William and Prince Harry, who responded in two days to apologize for being unable to attend, and also to local, state and federal politicians, inviting them to a charity lunch next month that she is organizing with help from her family, The Southern Courierreports.
"I’m really sad and upset because hardly any (politicians) had the decency to reply to my email," she said. "I just think to myself, 'If they don’t want to help, that’s fine with me, but I’m going to keep going to help the children.'"
Jayde started her own foundation called Linking the Links last year after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant brain tumour, in September 2007.
Jayde was so upset by the lack of response to her fundraising lunch that she emailed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd again last week saying: “I would like to talk to you on the phone or I would like to meet you cause I am very sad that I have not got an email or letter from you.”