For my 16th birthday I decided instead of gifts, I would ask everyone to bring in some money to raise funds for a charity. It didn’t matter how much as long as it was in their budget range and what they thought they could afford. My mom and I were hoping to get around $1000. We had also set up an online donation where some of my friends who couldn’t make it to the party and family from out of town could donate.
After the party we collected all the money and found we had $600! I chose to donate to the Stollery because they were there for me when I couldn’t breathe on my own as a child. We set up an appointment to go into the Stollery to give it right to the manager. The manager was so happy to see such a big donation from me. When I was there talking to the manager, I asked her if she could set something up to come out to our school, Connections For Learning to show a video of what donating does for the children there and also help us set up a fundraiser to raise money to donate to the Stollery.
Donating to the Stollery made me feel really good because that money will help them improve and help the children.
Seleena is a long-standing member of the Connections For Learning leadership team, Leaders Changing the Future. She is in grade ten and is hoping to find more ways to better her community.