Nova Scotia

Hope for Wildlife chosen by 100 Kids Who Care Halifax

Children ages five to 14 pooled together $380 to give to the wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Children ages 5 to 14 pooled together $380 for Hope for Wildlife rehabilitation centre

Claire Ferguson, 9, successfully pitched Hope for Wildlife to 100 Kids Who Care. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

A group of kids has pooled their money in order to help rehabilitate injured animals in Nova Scotia.

100 Kids Who Care Halifax — a group of children aged five to 14 — raised $380 for Hope for Wildlife, an animal rehabilitation centre in Seaforth, N.S.

The group met four times this year. Each child brings $10. At the meetings, which are about an hour long, three children from the group would research a different charity and make a pitch to the larger group. A vote follows and the winning organization gets the money.

"I'm really, really excited that they get that much money and that now they can save a lot other animals," said Claire Ferguson, 9, who pitched Hope for Wildlife to the nearly 40 children.

Ferguson visited Hope for Wildlife during a school field trip two years ago.

"We got to learn about all the animals and how they save them," said Ferguson.

Nearly 40 kids voted Wednesday night. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

"When I heard about this, I thought I could try and nominate [Hope for Wildlife] and see if I could win so they could get a bunch of money to help them," she said.

Global Shapers Halifax organized the 100 Kids Who Care Halifax project. The goal was to teach children the importance of giving back to their community.

"It was awesome today. It was a great turnout. Everyone was super excited about voting and it also awesome to witness the energy in the room and we have a winner which is the best part," said Anisa Awad, with Global Shapers Halifax.

The runner-up organizations — Easter Seals Nova Scotia and the Kids Help Phone — each received $50.

Carys Reid was made an honorary volunteer ambassador for the Kids Help Phone after she pitched the organization Wednesday night. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

Carys Reid's mother was on the national board on the Kids Help Phone, so she pitched it to the group.

"It helps kids who don't feel comfortable telling their parents and grandparents about something that's bothering them," said Reid.

The Kids Help Phone's Atlantic regional office acknowledged Reid at the the meeting and made her an honorary volunteer ambassador for the organization.

Prior to Wednesday night, 100 Kids Who Care Halifax had also donated to the IWK Foundation, the Nova Scotia SPCA and the Children's Wish Foundation. The group will meet again in February.


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