Ten-year-old Pitt Meadows resident Julia Kang is thrilled to be selected as one of 17 kids from across B.C. to participate in the Kids Coin Drive for Variety and help support children with special needs, according to the kids charity.
From now until Oct. 31, all B.C. IGA locations and Bank of Montreal branches will display the coin boxes and may ask customers to support the fundraiser by donating loose change.
“Julia and our other Coin Kid champions around B.C. are inspiring a spirit of support and philanthropy,” said Bernice Scholten, Variety’s executive director. “The Coin Drive campaign is an example of the power of families helping families.”
Julia is visually impaired and suffers from seizures due to a rare disease.
Her prognosis at birth wasn’t good, but Julia is now in a position to give back to the same organization which made her family’s life easier – something she has done for the past five years.
The family gives back because the first three years of Julia’s life were not easy according to Julia’s mom, Lydia.
“We were in denial, scared and confused. Disability is not something you plan for,” Lydia said.
But help came from within the community as well as from Variety – The Children’s Charity.
Variety gave the gift of mobility to Julia by funding her expensive orthotics, which helped her to learn to stand.
Later, when she learned how to ride a bike, Variety covered the cost of articulated orthotics which allowed her to pedal.
In return, Julia wants to help others.
Since its inception about the time when Julia was born, 10 years ago, this province-wide fundraiser has raised $1.8 million for children in B.C. who have special needs.
You can support Julia in her fundraising at variety.bc.ca, by clicking on Kids Coin Drive for Variety, and then clicking on Julia’s picture.
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