Seven Year Old Humbly Donates her Birthday Money to CEF!

Arianna Dametto, Social Media Coordinator  This summer, I had the pleasure of talking with seven year old Lauren Orrange, who thoughtfully donated her birthday money to CEF. Lauren and her family reside in Vancouver, where they learned about Compassionate Eye from a family friend, and our board chairperson, Robert Brown.

For the past few years, Lauren and her older sister have made the decision to ask for charitable donations from their party guests in lieu of traditional birthday presents. As Lauren and her sister’s birthday fall not long after Christmas, their parents thought that they had received a fair amount of gifts already, and wanted to “instill values” to their daughters, and wanted them “to know what it means to give back”. With their mothers suggestion of making a donation to charity, Lauren and her sister began graciously donating their birthday money.

The suggestion of donating to CEF came from her mother, who liked the work of the foundation, and their photography based fundraising model. Lauren agreed and hosted a “toonie party” where guests were asked to bring $2 as a donation, to which Lauren personally collected and brought over to chairperson Robert Brown.

It is always inspiring to hear about young people, such as Lauren, learning the importance of giving back and helping others. As Lauren begins another school year we here at the CEF would like to wish her all the best, and thank her and her family for their donation!

EditorialAaraksh Siwakoti