Saskatchewan girl with disability walking 80,000 steps for charity

An 11-year-old northern Saskatchewan girl with cerebral palsy is walking 80,000 steps for charity.

Quinn Smith-Windsor, 11, raises more than $5,000 for African water project

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  • Quinn Smith-Windsor has surpassed the $5,000-mark in money raised

An 11-year-old northern Saskatchewan girl with cerebral palsy is walking 80,000 steps for charity.

Waskesiu Lake resident Quinn Smith-Windsor, who uses a wheelchair and a walker to get around, wants to raise enough money for a well in Africa.

After hearing some people there have to walk 80,000 steps every day to get water, she started taking pledges for a fundraising campaign.

She's already completed 47,000 steps using her walker, but her mobility is limited and, she notes, it's a lot of work.

"Every time I come out of my walker I get sweaty," she said. "It's been really hard to do it but I'm not going to stop." 

Quinn is aiming to help a charity called Free the Children which supports communities throughout Ghana and Kenya.

It's not the first time she's been involved in charity.

When she was seven, she raised enough money to send 17 wheelchairs to Haiti.

Her mother Jaimie Smith-Windsor said people can learn from Quinn's example.

"I think what Quinn does so effortlessly and genuinely is remind people that anyone can make a difference," she said. "I think that message is priceless."

The principal at Quinn's school, Dave Lokinger, agrees.

"It's inspirational, I think it's absolutely inspirational," Lokinger said. "I think we often take things for granted, and just seeing her walk in that walker and working for something like that just makes us all want to be better people."

As of Monday afternoon, Quinn has raised more than $5,000. She's been nominated for the national Me to We Award for her work. She says she'll donate the $3,000 prize if she wins.

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