It was so great to see familiar faces at our second event and of course some new ones as well. We only had about 50 kids at this event, however it was amazing to see how many kids sent their $10 with family and/or friends even though they couldn’t attend. We were so fortunate to have Telus Spark’s Inspiration Stage as our venue. We had a few special guests at this event, including Rae Fehr from the Calgary Humane Society, Janica Fisher & Marnie Worbets from BeHiP (Humanity in Practice), and Tyler Middleton from Calgary’s radio station X92.9.
Rae thanked the kids very much for their generous donation. He talked to the kids about the Calgary Humane Society and all the work that they do as well as where funds raised would be used within their organization.
Janica and Marnie shared what HIP is all about. They connect people to causes and allow all ages the opportunity to make a difference. And that is exactly what 100 Kids Who Care Calgary did! We are thrilled to say that as a group we collected 105 books at our event that went to support Calgary Reads and provided books to those families in Calgary that don’t have many in their homes.
Tyler Middleton spoke to all the kids just before the charity presentations were to begin to give them some tips and tricks on public speaking and conquering the fear of standing in front of a crowd. Tyler’s tips were well received by the kids.
The following charities were nominated:
- Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids
- Calgary Food Bank
- Heart Beats
- Highbanks Society
- Junior League of Calgary
**Remember that if your charity didn’t win the vote you are still able to nominate them again at the next meeting. And more than one child can nominate the same charity. (that just means more chances for that charity to be chosen)
The three chosen charities for the evening were:
- Junior League of Calgary – Marigold Mioc spoke for this charity
Marigold is “Little Miss Calgary 2016” and she is involved in a lot of volunteering already at the age of 6. Marigold stood up in front of the crowd and did a great job sharing about her charity of choice. Junior League of Calgary is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
2. Heart Beats – Ashley Exall & Paige Hagel spoke together for this charity
Ashely (10yrs) and Paige (11yrs) took turns speaking about the charity and did a great job together. There speech was heartfelt and personal as Ashley’s sister was born with Congenital Heart Disease and her family benefited from the support of Heart Beats. (her sister is now 8 and doing great) Heart Beats offers information, resources and emotional support to families dealing with congenital heart disease. Every child with CHD has to travel to the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton for their cardiac surgery(s).
3. Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids – Ashley Segovia spoke for this charity
Ashley is 8 years old and she did a fantastic job representing her charity of choice. Ashely is a true ambassador for BB4CK and her goal is that no kid goes without a lunch. Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids supplies around 3000 lunches per school day to kids in our city who wouldn’t otherwise have a lunch to eat.
After the 3 presentations the kids took our their voting ballots, it was another tough choice. Once the votes were tallied Heart Beats received the majority of the votes and they will be the recipients of the kid’s donation. Our kids were able to raise $800 in less than one hour!!
We were able to give out some door prizes again at the event, so thank you so much to the parents that made those donations possible. We would also like to send out a huge thank you to all of our volunteers that evening, we couldn’t do it without you.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at the Elbow Springs Golf Club.
If anyone would like to volunteer at the next event please send me an email: email@example.com
Thank you for believing in what we are doing!
Danielle & Michael Donovan
Co-founders 100 Kids Who Care Calgary