A Jack Donohue Public School student brought his community together to raise funds for UNICEF.
After sitting through a school assembly last month, Charlie Doucet said he wanted to do something more for the non-profit. The Grade 3 student came home and told his parents he was going to raise some money.
“I thought, it’s very helpful to the people who don’t have much,” said Charlie, 8.
On a cold Tuesday evening, Charlie set up a canteen in the driveway of his home, selling cookies, popcorn and juice at 25-cents each to neighbourhood children.
He raised $25 dollars; so he and his family decided to go bigger.
“He was still gung-ho,” said his father Mark. “So we came up with something bigger.”
With nice weather scheduled for Oct. 26, the family began advertising for a fundraising barbecue. Charlie, his brother Henry, 4, and his classmate Jackson Thorne, 8, handed out flyers at school and put them in their neighbours’ mailboxes.
Between 80 and 100 people showed up during the four-hour event.
“We met neighbours we’d never met before,” said Kelli, Charlie’s mother.
The family sold out of hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and chocolates, and juice.
“Sometimes there were so many orders at one time I couldn’t take all of them,” said Jackson.
Charlie raised more than $260 for the charity and helped contribute to his class’s goal of $500.
“She was impressed,” Charlie said of his teacher when he brought in the money he collected. “She announced to the class what we did.”
Both Charlie’s parents said they are proud of their son.
“He was really inspired at school,” said Mark.
“We’re so impressed,” said Kelli. “We could really tell there was something behind it.”
Charlie said he was happy with the outcome of his fundraiser and the family said it is looking at turning the barbecue into an annual event since everyone they talked to seemed to enjoy themselves.
“It seems a lot want to be a part of it,” said Mark.
Several other students from Jack Donohue contributed to the success of the event, including siblings Charles-Etienne and Anne-Marie Cote; Forouhar, Florence and Farah Parweez; Victoria, Vivian and Richard Ngouv; Jai and Jasneil Benipal; and Ameen Ilchamaa.
“There were a great many kids who helped out in this endeavour,” said Kelli. “The children have shown a lot of initiative and that they are great examples of the spirit of giving within our community.”