Drumheller's first 100 Kids Who Care group met yesterday at the Badlands Community Facility.
The group is a fundraising effort directed at children ages 5 to 17. The group meets 4 times a year, with each group member bringing $10 to donate to a local charity. The children nominate the charity they wish to donate to, and 3 of the nominated charities are randomly selected. If the child's charity is selected, they will have to present to the group why they chose the charity andwhat the charity does.
The group then votes on what charity they would like their money to go to, and the majority wins.
The first meeting brought out 28 eager kids ready to make a difference in their community.
"We raised $280. The charity that received the most votes is receiving the money and it went to Bedrock Playschool," explained 100 Kids Who Care Coordinator Laura Dougan.
The child who chose Bedrock Playschool explained she picked it because "it is a wonderful place to make friends when you are little."
"I think it is important for kids to learn the power of giving, especially when we pool our resources together. Ten dollars may not seem like much, but if we get ten, fifty, a hundred kids in a room that is a lot of money to put together to put towards a local cause," explained Dougan.
The group isn't just a way to raise money for local charities, but also holds beneficial experiences for the kids.
"They are learning valuable skills, they have to research their charity, they have to be able to talk about what the charity does, they learn how to votes and everybody benefits after the event," concluded Dougan.
If you or your child is interested in becoming a member, please contact Laura Dougan at 403-823-1365.