Here at Tweenhood, we love to hear about kids who are making a difference in the world – especially tweens!
So we were delighted to hear about an upcoming charity event organized by Children in Action. Children in Action (CIA) is a youth group formed in 2012 by five young Oakville friends, including brothers Vishal (now 13) and Ishan (now 9). I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Vishal Vijay speak at We Day in Toronto last fall, and was so inspired by his passion and desire to make the world a better place.
The group’s mission is to raise awareness and funds for local and global social justice issues affecting children. These kids want to make a difference in the world and have a vision of “a world where every child has access to the basic necessity of clean drinking water and an education.” They are doing their best to make this happen, with the help of their friends, families and community.
The CIA group now includes 18 members, ages 9 to 15. To date, Children in Action has supported and raised funds for many causes near and dear to their hearts, including child hunger, clean water and education through bake sales, raffles, community events and food drives. They have also attended social justice camps and visited service projects in Canada and India.
After many months of planning and meeting, the group’s next event will be held this Sunday, at Canlan Ice Sports in Oakville. It is a Skate-a-thon fundraising event to raise awareness of children’s rights and clean water issues and to raise funds to build a well in Sierra Leone, as part of Free the Children’s Clean Water Program.
Children in Action has set a fundraising goal of $5000 to build a well in Sierra Leone and would love your support. The event sounds like a lot of fun – there will be a demonstration from a professional figure skater and lots of amazing raffle prizes.
If you’d like to skate, be sure to reserve a spot soon – there are only 80 skating spots available. Spectators and supporters are welcome and encouraged. We’d love to see you there!
For more information, visit the Children in Action website.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)