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Petal power fuels second-grader’s first fundraising foray for sick kids

Kaelyn Abrahamson, 7, raised $700 selling poinsettias and is donating all the money to B.C. Children’s Hospital. She had been asking her parents if she could do some fundraising since she was 6.   - Charla Huber/News staff
Kaelyn Abrahamson, 7, raised $700 selling poinsettias and is donating all the money to B.C. Children’s Hospital. She had been asking her parents if she could do some fundraising since she was 6.
— image credit: Charla Huber/News staff

Kaelyn Abrahamson had a unique Christmas wish.

The seven-year-old Colwood girl wanted to start a fundraiser, in fact she’d been asking her parents for a year if she could do it.

“I just wanted to help people and get (sick) kids back with their families,” said Kaelyn.

So her parents helped the John Stubbs Memorial school second-grader organize a poinsettia sale through Hilltop Greenhouses. Kaelyn decided she wanted to raise money for B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

After selling 56 poinsettias Kaelyn has pledges for $350.

“I thought I was only going to get $100,” she said.

Dale Collins, owner of Prosperity Planning in Langford bought eight poinsettias  after hearing from the family that Kaelyn had raised $350 in the sales.

So as a Christmas surprise, Collins added $350 to her cheque for the eight poinsettias.

“Most kids are not into giving back, they are more interested in sitting on Santa’s knee and asking for presents,” said Collins, who also has a history of making donations to the B.C. Children’s Hospital. “Kaelyn is a pretty special girl. When she came in my office she was over the top thankful for my donation.”

Now that Kaelyn has a taste for fundraising  she has decided to have another fundraiser for the children’s hospital in the spring. Her younger brother Kai Abrahamson, 5, plans to help sell Mother’s Day hanging baskets.

 

Kaelyn and Kai are collecting names of people interested in pledging funds for a Mother’s Day hanging basket. For more information email the Abrahamson family at kaelynforkids@gmail.com.

 

 

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