Little Giants In Cape Breton
by Angus MacCaull
“It’s my favourite moment from the whole year,” said Tanya Morellato. “The emotion in the gym was incredible.”
Morellato joined her colleagues from Cape Breton’s 101.9 The Giant along with brokers from our Sydney River office to recognize AA Munro’s first Little Giant.
The winner, Grade 5 student Kallie Smith at T.L. Sullivan School in Sydney Mines, received a certificate congratulating her as a Little Giant and a $250 gift card chosen by her parents. A matching amount was also given to a cause of her choice to continue her spirit of giving. And she got to meet some of her own heroes from the Cape Breton Highlanders Basketball team.
“I don’t think there was a dry eye between us,” said Stacia Peters, who is leading the program for AA Munro. “I’ve never seen a child so excited.”
Kallie, who is always fundraising for different organizations in the community, saved her friend’s life this past summer in the swimming pool.
The Little Giants are all about giving back, volunteering, or helping someone in need. They are making Cape Breton a better place. Each Friday in December leading up to Christmas, we surprised one outstanding youth who has shown the giving spirit all year round.
The second Little Giant was Elise Angione at Greenfield Elementary in New Waterford. Elise has volunteered with her mother Kelly for the past three years making blessing bags for the patients at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. The bags contain items that bring comfort and happiness to patients who may need it the most this time of year.
And the third Little Giant was Carly Richardson at Coxheath Elementary School. Carly donated her birthday money for the past two years to the Hospital Foundation. She also works to save snowshoe hares and polar bears, and sells fudge to donate to the Cancer Centre.
This was such a great contest. It is always nice to see our youth in Cape Breton with such great hearts and caring towards others. I hope this becomes an annual event.