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Post  Justiceforallkids on Thu 17 Feb - 9:05

US park to be named in Zahra's honour

Community groups in the US state of North Carolina are dedicating a playground for children with disabilities to Australian girl Zahra Baker.

Hickory and the Kiwanis clubs of Catawba County are creating a $US85,000 ($A84,800) addition to the Kiwanis Park in Hickory with play equipment that Zahra, who lost part of a leg to bone cancer, would have been able to enjoy, the Hickory Daily Record reports.

"There's no one here that wasn't touched in some way by Zahra. We want to honour her here for special needs children," Hickory mayor Rudy Wright told the paper.

Zahra, who lived in Hickory with her Australian father and American stepmother, was reported missing by her parents in October last year, and her remains were found scattered in bushland weeks later.

No one has been charged over the 10-year-old's death, but her stepmother was arrested a day after she was reported missing, accused of writing a fake ransom note, and remains in custody.

Zahra's story has made headlines around the world, as well as in her adopted home town.

"Since the passing of Zahra, I've had a number of people ask me if there was something to commemorate this young lady," Wright told the Record.

The new addition to the playground, named the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground, will include a bronze plaque saying, "Zahra, you touched us. 1999-2010", along with her photo.

Steve Aaron, president of the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club, said the local Kiwanis clubs - which are community groups dedicated to helping children - were interested in doing something in Zahra's honour because of the impact she had on the community.

Aaron said the park would be unique because, in addition to the handicap-accessible park, wheelchairs would actually be able to get on the ramps and other equipment.

Donations will be taken through June 30 for the park. If donations surpass the $US85,000 needed for the playground, the money will be used for a scholarship in Zahra's name.
Hickory parks and recreation director Mack McLeod said he hoped work on the park would be completed by the end of July.


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Post  AnnaEsse on Thu 17 Feb - 9:24

Brilliant Carly. Thank you.

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Post  Justiceforallkids on Thu 17 Feb - 9:27

AnnaEsse wrote:Brilliant Carly. Thank you.

yeah its awesome!!! lets hope the mcanns dont get a idea about something similer for maddie!!! we know how much they love the limelight

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Post  AnnaEsse on Thu 17 Feb - 9:40

The American writer, Pamela Geller, raised money for a memorial park for a young Muslim woman called Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered in a so-called 'honour killing,' by her father and her brother. I am so glad to see these young people being remembered.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/09/aqsa-parvez-peace-park-dedication-chai.html



From a speech by fire chief, Scott Macleod, at the opening of the park.

I will finish my statement with a paraphrase of a poem which I believe fits this all our friends and Aqsa.

THEY SHALL WALK BEYOND THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

THEY SHALL BE LIFTED ON THE SHOULDERS OF ANGELS

THEIR STORIES WILL BE TOLD IN THEIR HOMELANDS

AND THEY SHALL REST IN PEACE.

RECOGNIZED BY THE TALLY OF THEIR DEEDS

GOD SHALL STAND BESIDE THEM FOR ALL ETERNITY

FOR THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO THE REALM OF HONOR

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Post  Justiceforallkids on Thu 17 Feb - 9:53

imagine the joy in the children with disablities being about to play in a park especally deisigned for them and that they have all acess too thats a wonderful legacy of Zahra here in australia most parks are acessible to people with disabilities but not all

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Post  margaret on Thu 17 Feb - 13:05

Justiceforallkids wrote:
No one has been charged over the 10-year-old's death, but her stepmother was arrested a day after she was reported missing, accused of writing a fake ransom note, and remains in custody.


This is great news Carly and will let Zahra and her story live on to hopefully ensure it doesn't happen again.

I don't know Australian law but how can the stepmother remain in custody without being charged?

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Post  Justiceforallkids on Thu 17 Feb - 14:11

margaret wrote:
Justiceforallkids wrote:
No one has been charged over the 10-year-old's death, but her stepmother was arrested a day after she was reported missing, accused of writing a fake ransom note, and remains in custody.


This is great news Carly and will let Zahra and her story live on to hopefully ensure it doesn't happen again.

I don't know Australian law but how can the stepmother remain in custody without being charged?

this little girl was living in the us with her father and stepmum so its under us law even though Zahra was australian the stepmum is american

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Post  margaret on Thu 17 Feb - 14:43

Justiceforallkids wrote:
margaret wrote:
Justiceforallkids wrote:
No one has been charged over the 10-year-old's death, but her stepmother was arrested a day after she was reported missing, accused of writing a fake ransom note, and remains in custody.


This is great news Carly and will let Zahra and her story live on to hopefully ensure it doesn't happen again.

I don't know Australian law but how can the stepmother remain in custody without being charged?

this little girl was living in the us with her father and stepmum so its under us law even though Zahra was australian the stepmum is american


aaah, thanks....... l think they've got the right person here but holding someone without charge is open to abuse IMO

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