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Fort McMurray fundraisers abound on P.E.I. this weekend

Some children in Charlottetown spent their weekend lending a hand to victims of the fires in Fort McMurray.

Money from lemonade, ice cream going to Red Cross

The Maclellan siblings, from left, Leland and Landon, both 8, and Frankie, 10, raised more than $500 selling lemonade Saturday for the Fort McMurray relief efforts. (Stephanie Kelly/CBC)

Some children in Charlottetown spent their weekend lending a hand to victims of the fires in Fort McMurray.

When the Maclellan siblings heard that people lost their homes, they set up a lemonade stand to raise money.

"We thought that we should help them raise money, so they could get their homes and stuff back," said eight-year-old Leland Maclellan.

His sister Frankie, 10, said the evacuees would have left a lot of stuff behind.

"They didn't have anything, like they had to run out very quickly because it's a fire. Like you have to get out fast. We just needed to do something to help," she said.

The Maclellans raised more than $500.  

But they weren't the only ones raising money for Fort McMurray.

This weekend, The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown is matching all donations made at the Victoria Park Dairy Bar.

And some Island musicians are putting together a benefit concert, set to happen next weekend.

Cows Ice cream is holding a one-day fundraiser, happening Sunday at locations in P.E.I., Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

"It's difficult for anyone here in PEI or in Canada not to be affected by what we are seeing," said Whitney Hooper, Cows director of sales and marketing.

"All of us here were feeling like we'd like to do something to help, and the idea just came up of donating 100 per cent of our ice cream sales for Sunday to the Red Cross."

with files from Shane Ross

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