Okanagan girl wins award for charity work

An Okanagan girl has won a $7,500 US scholarship for her efforts in helping young women in Afghanistan.

Alaina Podmorow, the founder of Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, has been honoured by Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes.

The award program was begun in 2004 to recognize young people who make a difference in their communities and/or worldwide.

The scholarship and $2,500 award for a charity of choice is given to 10 young leaders who demonstrate kindness, compassion and leadership to help make the world a better place.

Podmorow, 13, and her charity raise funds and awareness to help educate Afghan girls, raising more than $137,000 in the last three years.

Alaina will meet the other nine 2010 Huggable Heroes in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters, July 22-23, to participate in ceremonies and leadership workshops.