Big hearts help Elijah's foundation

EXPECTING a 10-year-old boy to curb his natural enthusiasm is an impossible ask.

But for Elijah Simpson, he simply cannot afford to run around or get overly excited.

Elijah has a chronic heart condition called Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) which means the Dinmore State School pupil has to live his life carefully.

LQTS is a genetic disorder of the heart's electrical system causing the heart to beat faster and can lead to cardiac arrest.

Despite Elijah's obstacles, yesterday he helped launch a charity in his honour, the Elijah Simpson Foundation.

As part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week commemorations at the Kambu Medical Centre yesterday, Elijah spoke calmly of his condition.

"My favourite sport is football and I love to go swimming, but mostly I love to run around and have fun with my brothers and sisters, friends and family," Elijah said.

"I can't do this anymore because in December 2006 I was diagnosed with a heart condition."

The foundation needs $100,000 to buy equipment to keep at Kambu which will help Elijah and others like him in the community.

"Kambu has been there to support me and my family and they have helped us with transport to my appointments in Brisbane," Elijah said.

As part of the festivities yesterday at Kambu, Ipswich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were presented with NAIDOC Awards.

To donate to the Elijah Simpson Foundation, phone Kambu Medical Centre on 3812 3843.