January 26, 2018 8:30 pm
Updated: January 27, 2018 10:43 pm

Kelowna kids coming together for charity

It's a unique way for children to learn how to get involved in their community and work together to help others. Jules Knox reports on 100 Kids Who Care.

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A group of kids is trying to make a difference in the world by starting at a young age.

Each child in 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna is learning to inspire others and donate to causes they support.

“They come together four times a year to select charities that they believe in, that they nominate,” Richard Deacon, 100 Kids Who Care Kelowna founder, said. “Ultimately they give $10 of their own money, or money that their parents have helped them earn, to the charity that they choose.”

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The children, between five to 17 years old, met at Okanagan College on Thursday night to cast their votes for their preferred charity.

The kids raised $1,000 to split between Joanna’s House, the United Way and World Wildlife Fund.

Many have also signed up for the I Can app, which offers challenges to kids, such as taking shorter showers or creating care packages for a shelter.

“It’s super inspirational to see kids so young wanting to be part of something like this, giving back, already thinking, using their love of technology already to do good and make a difference in their community,” Abbey Jones, Enactus Okanagan College president, said.

100 Kids Kelowna is a spinoff from similar adult groups and part of a movement across North America.

“We’re under 10 years away from having millennials being the main people in the workforce, so I think teaching students that they can be their own bosses and become entrepreneurs and give back to their community — I think it’s a really inspirational way to do business,” Jones said.

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