By Darren Lum
Love is at the heart of why two J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School students donated money to the Hospital for Sick Children.
Grade 7 students Macie Hunter and Allie Todd both of Haliburton organized a fundraising draw at the school for three themed baskets for 10 days starting on April 30.
The friends were so committed to raising money for the Toronto-based hospital that they were able to overcome their feelings of shyness taking to the microphone for daily announcements over the 10 days.
Allie is receiving care from SickKids for a fracture in her back.
“It’s very important to help kids because if you look at how good your life is and want to make sure every kid has an amazing life don’t just be selfish. Think of other kids around you and not just yourself” Allie said.
With their parents they presented a $216 cheque on June 7 to the Hospital for Sick Children.
The Grade 7 student appreciates what she has and values her friendship with organizing partner Macie.
“I have my parents but I really want a friend who is always going to be there for me. Especially when I grow up too I know I have somebody to talk to. Sometimes you don’t always want to talk to your parents. I know I have Macie to talk to” she said.
Allie’s father Steve Todd owns Todd’s Independent Grocer and supported her by providing prize items.
Macie and Allie hope their actions will inspire younger students to take the initiative to raise money for other worthy causes. They are already thinking of fundraisers for next year and are considering giving to animal shelters next year.
Macie said she was grateful for the support they received from their peers and other participants. The success is owed to them.
“Everyone in our school helped support us a lot ‘cause we didn’t believe how much money we raised. We never expected that” she said. “This is our first time doing any fundraiser and anything. We didn’t expect anything that much. Just a lot of support from our school.”