SCUGOG: Following in the footsteps of his friend Vanessa Page, 7 year-old Thomas Worona decided to raise funds, instead of accept gifts, for his birthday.
The grade 1 S.A. Cawker Public School student recently raised $260 at his birthday party for the New Life Centre, inside Lakeridge Health Port Perry.
Susanne Worona, Thomas’ mother, told The Standard that her son was inspired by Ms. Page’s initiative to raise funds for the Uxbridge Scugog Animal Control Centre at her birthday party in March.
“I think he was a little influenced from seeing his friend do it for the animal shelter and it was his birthday and it was for the place where he was born so there was a connection that somehow made sense to him,” she said. “It was pretty unique for a 7 year-old to come up with that. He was very excited about being able to give.”
Mrs. Worona added that Thomas has seen others around him affected by the work that the New Life Centre has done in helping bring new lives into the world and that made the choice clear on what organization to donate to.
“Thomas has seen some of our neighbours come home with new babies recently as well and realized it came from (the new life centre) and knowing that he came from here he new that it was a special place for new little beings of Port Perry,” she said.
Thomas told the Standard that it was “really cool” to be able to donate to the Centre.
Mrs. Worona said that Thomas and her family are happy to be able to continue the trend of using birthday parties to give back to the community and added she hopes that others will be inspired to do the same.
“I am hoping that this will create a new thought process when it comes to celebrations and what we can do to celebrate and to help others.”