28.3.12

Making a Difference at The Age of 9 ~ Mitchell O'Brien

Kids Up Front Calgary
As a parent you only hope that your children will grow up knowing how to give back to your community.  Meet one little boy who, at such a young age, is well on his way to making a difference on his own.
Mitchell O’Brien is only nine years old, and he recently celebrated his birthday in an unconventional way. Mitchell decided to turn his celebration into a charity fundraiser benefitting four Calgary charities that focus on the well-being of others.
Kids Up Front Foundation was thrilled to learn that Mitchell's generosity would benefit the charity, which collects donated tickets to local events and distributes them to children, youth and families in need.
Ronald McDonald House S Alberta
On March 9, 2012, Mitchell was joined at Lloyd’s Roller Rink by 36 of his nearest and dearest and requested all attendees bring donations for the charities of his choice in lieu of gifts. At the end of the festivities, nearly $1300 had been collected to be distributed between Kids Up Front, Ronald McDonald House, the Calgary Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.
The inspiration for Mitchell's fundraiser came from his teacher who recently shaved her head to raise money for cancer, and from his parents who support several charities. Kids Up Front Calgary Executive Director Kari Scarlett hopes this serves as an example to other young people and their parents.
Habitat for Humanity
"Mitchell proves that there are no age restrictions when it comes to helping others, and demonstrates how wonderfully young people can be influenced to think beyond their own needs and desires by the people they look up to," says Kari. "We’re honoured that he recognized the work we do for children and wanted to reach out to his peers."
Besides the Calgary chapter, Kids Up Front also works in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, and has received nearly 800,000 ticket donations valued at $22 million.
Thank you Mitchell for helping other's see The Brighter Side of Life!  Here are the links to all the charities mentions for Calgary and Area.

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