Little Giants, Big Inspiration
by Rebecca Davis
Our Little Giants program ran for a successful third year thanks to Stacia and 101.9 The Giant in Cape Breton. We granted four kids with $250 and a certificate. They also chose a charity near and dear to them to receive a matching cheque.
Our first Little Giant was Kylie MacDougall. She runs Scotia Scrunchies with an impressive entrepreneurial spirit. In the last two years, she’s donated over $3,000 of her scrunchie proceeds to the Salvation Army.
Next was Charlie Joe-Francis, who delivers food boxes as part of a community program in Membertou. He enlisted his hockey team to help this year and last, and chose Jane Paul Indigenous Women’s Resource Centre for his donation.
Preston MacRae volunteers with Meals on Wheels and Cops for Cancer, delivering meals to those in need and supporting families affected by cancer. He was nominated by his very proud grandfather, who gave us elbow bumps all day.
Rounding up a strong year was Alyssa Rose. Two years ago, she underwent brain surgery and radiation as treatment for a tumour. Since then, she’s made it her mission to raise money for the medical team that helped save her life. At this point, she’s donated over $21,000 to the IWK, and it’s only up from here.
Even when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s important to recognize the work our kids and teens do to make our community better. We’re grateful to 101.9 The Giant and our partners at Wawanesa for joining us and helping Cape Breton’s Little Giants light the way.