A man in Happy Valley-Goose Bay has inspired a class of students more than 800 kilometres away to start a recycling fundraiser with his charity to help children in developing countries.

Ed Battcock, 85, recycles cans and bottles and donates the money to Smile Train, a charity that helps pay for cleft-lip surgeries for kids who can't get them otherwise.

CBC News reported last year on the success of Battcock's efforts, and recyclables donated to help him in his goal to get as many children the surgeries they need.

"Today I've got 60 children smiling," Battcock said on Tuesday.

However, his efforts have inspired more people than he's realized. A school group at Beachy Cove Elementary in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's started recycling to raise money, with the intention of donating to the same charity as Battcock.

'Really making a difference'

Haley Battcock, his granddaughter, said the whole family was touched when they realized how much of an impact he has had.

"He came to us two Christmases ago and said that he really wanted to make a difference in the world and this is what he planned to do, and we all kind of laughed at him at first, but it's truly amazing the progress he's made," she said. 

"And he's really making a difference."

Battcock said he hopes more people will take up the recycling and donate the funds to charities.

"I'm really pleased that there's a start … it only takes one to start it," he said.

Battcock said he's hoping to make a trip to Newfoundland in the summer to visit the students in Portugal Cove.