SCUGOG: When S.A. Cawker Public School student Oliver Worona turned 10 years old, he decided to use his birthday party to fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society.
At his party held on Sunday, Jan. 29th, at the Blackstock arena, Oliver raised $277 for the charity.
“The reason I wanted to do the Cancer Society was that I have seen so many commercials about how sick people can get of cancer, and my mom’s cousin actually had lung cancer, so I wanted to help her and so many other people,” Oliver said.
Oliver’s brother Thomas did something similar last year with his birthday party, raising funds for the New Life Centre, inside Lakeridge Health Port Perry. However, for Oliver’s birthday the family decided to try a website called ECHOage.
ECHOage is a birthday party planning website where people can send out paperless invites to their party. Birthday kids are able to choose a charity the party will benefit, and the gift they would like. When people RSVP to the party, they can make a donation online via PayPal. The funds are then split, half of the money going to the child’s chosen charity and half going towards the birthday gift.
“For children that want to get introduced to doing some fundraising, there still is that element of a birthday present that they get to enjoy, but more quality versus quantity, as they get to choose that one special gift,” Susanne Worona, Oliver’s mother, said.
Mrs. Worona explained what she thought when Oliver told her he wanted to use his birthday to give back.
“We were very proud of Oliver for making a decision that is still rather trailblazing in the birthday party world of thought, for thinking of others rather than thinking of himself,” she said.
Over 30 people attended the party. Oliver wanted to thank everyone who made a donation.
“I hope this money can get the Canadian Cancer Society closer to finding a cure for cancer,” he said.