Callie’s Loonies for Love

Last year you may have read in the Star/Journal about McLure youth Callie Clarke and her Paralympics adventure.

Callie Clarke and her family in McLure will be fundraising over the next few weeks with the help of Barriere Elementary School and area businesses for Variety the Children’s Charity.

Callie Clarke and her family in McLure will be fundraising over the next few weeks with the help of Barriere Elementary School and area businesses for Variety the Children’s Charity.

Last year you may have read in the Star/Journal about McLure youth Callie Clarke and her Paralympics adventure.

If you did you would know that Callie was born premature, weighing only 1lb. 4.3 oz., and fought to be where she is today. That fight was supported by so many people.

Now the Clarke family would like to try and give back to its largest supporter Variety the Children’s Charity.

Variety helped us with accommodation and meal costs during Callie’s seven-and-a-half month stay in hospital when she was first born. They have continued to help funding her wheelchair ramp for our vehicle, and most recently funding towards her new wheelchair.

We know that we will have to depend on Variety again in the future.

Without Variety, families and children like Callie would have enormous struggles to get through.

Without Variety, children like Callie would not have some of the medical or equipment supports that they so desperately need.

Without Variety, we can’t imagine how we would have made it this far.

We are launching “Callie’s Loonies for Love” fundraising campaign, and it will begin at her school, Barriere Elementary. A big jar of chocolate hearts has been provided for the winner of the challenge. The person who guesses the closest number of hearts in the jar without going over will win the prize. A loonie is to be donated for each guess, and the name of the donor will be recorded with the amount they think is in the jar.

This contest started last Friday, Jan. 20th, and will run until Feb. 10th. The winner will be announced at the school on Feb. 11th, and the funds raised will be donated just in time for the Variety telethon.

To further help Variety, we will be distributing coin boxes to local businesses for donations on Callie’s behalf. Any business that has not received a box but would like to participate, please contact Rhonda Clarke at 250-672-9239.

Donations can also be made online at www.variety.bc.ca/events.htm and look for ‘Callie’s Loonies for Love’ event page.

The web page and coin boxes will be available as long as donations keep coming, and further events may follow in the future.

Please help support “Callie’s Loonies for Love” campaign for Variety the Children’s Charity.