DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: When Vanessa Page first started as a newspaper carrier with The Standard, one of her goals was to earn enough money for a trip to Walt Disney World.
After about two and a half years of work, she was able to achieve that goal and got to take the trip to Orlando, Florida.
“I’m very proud of her for being able to earn the money and then not spend the money. She also had some other money making ventures during those two and a half years, such as running a couple little yard sales and sold some of her stuff at The Kids Cupboard, so I am very proud of her,” Vanessa’s mother, Nancy Page said.
Vanessa said the trip was “great” and one of its highlights was dining in Cinderella’s castle.
“It was really special, it was royal, [and] we got to meet princesses,” she said.
Vanessa also had a message for those who might be interested in being a carrier for The Standard.
“They should try it, it’s very fun and you can save money for a trip, birthday party, a toy maybe, really anything,” she said.
As well as earning money for a trip, Vanessa also recently held a birthday party fundraiser. This year, her family decided to use a website, called ECHOage, which is a 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 to the child.
Vanessa’s party raised $500, with $250 of that going to the World Wildlife Fund Canada chapter. She also plans to donate half of the money she gets, $125, to the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Control Centre, located on Reach St. in Port Perry. Vanessa plans to save up the rest of the funds for a future family trip.
She explained why she chose to donate to the World Wildlife Fund.
“Instead of just doing the animal shelter here and the animals there, which are just usually cats and dogs, there are other animals in need all over the world.”
Mrs. Page talked about what it has been like to see her daughter’s charitable actions inspire others.
“I think that’s just the ultimate achievement and accomplishment, to have your good deeds to have inspired other people and the cycle to go around and around. It’s very encouraging.”
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