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For 1 year Ella Vallely grew her long blonde hair. Her aim was to grow it long
enough to be able to cut 10 inches off to donate it to a UK based charity
called "Little Princesses". Little Princesses then take the hair and
make it in to a wig for a child with Cancer. During this period, Ella also
managed to raise over £1500 for the charity through various activities.
Ella has also taken part in Race for Life and run 5km when she was just 7
years old. She is also a 4th generation Pearly Queen. Pearly Kings and
Queens have been a fundamental part of London's history for over 100
years. Ella inherited her title through her mother's
family and avidly wears her pearly buttoned suit to raise money for
Most recently Ella worked for 4 hours on a train with her mum
entertaining kids and raising funds for a local charity called "Havens
Hospices" which looks after Children who are extremely ill. Ella is an
inspiration to many children her age and to her family and friends she is
already a hero.
Location: Essex, England School: St Nicholas
For Richard Drummond's 6th birthday, he asked for nothing but shoes — shoes for school aged kids who cannot afford shoes otherwise.
many kids, wasn't always able to afford all the items needed to start
school. Some kids have to reach out to community support agencies for help.
Richard has decided he wants to give back and help out other families that
need it. He will help change someones day one shoe at a time.
Location: Cambridge Ontario, Canada School: Centennial Public School
In early 2011, in her freshman year of high school, Michelle Duan became a
founding member and the secretary of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that
had a goal to bring musical education to the youth of communities around
Massachusetts. She believes music is important because it helps form bonds
among people of different cultures, improves listening and reading
skills, and is proven to have long term benefits. She organized and acted
as a public relations manager as well as a secretary during that year and
lead other members in performances across Massachusetts in multiple towns.
In 2012, the organization expanded and has now spread nationally to
Alabama, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey as she and the other
original members inspired others to do the same. In 2012, she also became
the president of the Massachusetts branch of the organization. Now, she remains the
president in 2013.
County: Wellesley Massachusetts, USA School: Wellesley High School
Kendra McIntosh is a huge supporter against teen issues. She put on a large Community Safety Day in 2011 aimed at preventing and raising awareness of the dangers of Distracted Driving, Drinking & Driving, and Texting and Driving. She also brought in
activites/guest speakers covering topics from car seat safety all the way to bullying and drugs/alcohol.
Currently she is working on 2 different campaigns in relation to that. One for her school in October and another one that will come in the beginning of spring next year. She volunteers to promote the causes she feels passionate about. She donates whatever and
whenever she can to these causes.
Kendra has volunteered at the local foodbank on several occassions, at Kids Against Hunger, helped organize food drives and toy drives, and promotes animal rights and anti-bullying measures. She is also teaming up to help promote a new friend and supporter of making our world a cleaner, Greener Place.
County: Buncombe North Carolina, USA School: TC Roberson
Eunice est une enfant reporter de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Cela signifie qu'elle a étudié et connaît presque par coeur la Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant.
Désormais elle s'engage en partageant tout ce qu'elle a appris avec ses amis, famille et voisins. Elle a réalisé plusieurs vidéos sur la situation des enfants en RDC et elle participe tous les mois à des émissions sur la télévision nationale aux côtés d'autres enfants reporters, de spécialistes et d'hommes politiques pour défendre ses droits. Elle organise également des jeux de plaidoyer pour sensibiliser le public sur des sujets spécifiques comme la santé ou l'éducation.
Lorsque le Sommet de la Francophonie a eu lieu à Kinshasa au mois d'Octobre dernier, elle a eu l'occasion de parler avec plusieurs membres du parlement de RDC et de les alerter sur le fait que de nombreux droits de l'enfant ne sont pas respectés dans son pays. Elle a également vécu un grand moment lorsqu'elle a été invitée au Sommet de l'Union Africaine à Addis Abeba où elle représenté les enfants d'Afrique Centrale devant les leaders Africains et a prononcé un discours remarqué intitulé "Nous, enfants d'Afrique". Son discours était impressionnant. Elle a rappelé les droits de l'enfant à la survie, la liberté d'expression, l'éducation, la santé et a appelé à l'élaboration d'une stratégie pour prévenir les conflits armés qui affectent les enfants.
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Native Language: French School: Lycée "SHAUMBA"
John collects new and used DVD's for Fisher House on the campus of the
West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The Fisher House
is the military's version of Ronald McDonald House. These DVD's provide
hours of entertainment for families as they are away from home for medical
County: Los Angeles California, USA School: Unspecified
At an extremely young age Sarah realized that it is important to be of
service to those in need. Her idea took root and flourished during a family
vacation while sampling some sweet treats at her hotel. Sarah realized she
could create equally delicious chocolate delights (cookies, cupcakes,
suckers, etc.) to sell.
Sarah looked to the future and her desire to attend
college. She decided half of the proceeds would be saved for her college
fund and the other half she would be donated to the Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario hospice (ARCH- Algoma Residential Community Hospice). She fondly
refers to the hospice as heaven’s waiting room. Sarah does not set
prices, but accepts all donations in exchange for her tempting treats. To
date Sarah has humbly presented cheques totally $8662.00 to the hospice.
Sarah can also be counted on to support other very important causes.
She has made and donated chocolate suckers in the shape of a pink heart to
her fellow students as a reminder that bullying must be erased. To support
many of the students at her school with autism, she made and donated blue
chocolate suckers in the shape of a puzzle piece.
Location: Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Canada School: St. Pius X
Reena Kumari initiated and led a drive against deforestation in her village. Despite the opposition of the local farming community, and all the odds against her, Reena stuck to her decision and through
a play and a rally, communicated the harms of over-grazing and
deforestation to her community.
Location: Haryana, India School: Satya Bharti School
When Kieran was 6 years old he took an interest in raising food for the local food bank. He has held six food bank drives over this time and has raised a total of 12,420 pounds as well as over $2000 in cash for the local food bank.
Kieran's plan was simple. Have family and friends come to our house with non-perishable food items to donate for a once a year, 3 hour party. For those that participate they get their name put into a draw for prizes that are donated by friends, families and organizations. For every 10 pounds of food people bring, they get an additional ballot for the prize draw. Our friends and family are huge supporters of Kieran and his efforts, asking every year when the party is scheduled for and they get their competitive energy flowing for a great cause.
This year, as Kieran is in his last year of his elementary school he challenged his school to raise more food in their month long drive than he could in his three hour party. They took up the challenge and the Food Bank and its many families reaped the rewards.
Christian Warren serves as a sibling support model for his 11-year-old nonverbal autistic sister An'jinae. She has trouble communicating and transitioning and in a special loving way, Christian offers support and guidance throughout her adaptive gymnastics class.
At his school, Christian serves as a support to struggling students in his 2nd grade class. He helps the students catch up with the subjects they need the most help in be it reading math science or social studies.
Christian also gave up his bowling time to attend Scouting for Food with his fellow Cub Scout, Pack 3068 Jamestown NC in order to collect food for the animals in our local animal shelter.
County: Guilford North Carolina, USA School: Montlieu Academy of Technology
Luca Berardi is a 9 year old, a singer and actor and has started an organisation called YARH (young animal rescue heroes) to network with other kids to create awareness for endangered animals.
He has started a paper collection for recycling to help the environment and money raised from waste sold goes towards activities related to saving and awareness for Kenyan endangered animals.
Location: Nairobi , Kenya School: School of Nations
In 2012 Jack founded an organization called 'Change by YOUth', igniting
positive change locally and globally through volunteerism, leadership and
Since an early age, Jack has been an active volunteer in his
community; whether it's cooking breakfast for those less fortunate,
organizing food drives in support of a local food bank, volunteering at the
YMCA, planting hundreds of trees for Conservation Halton's Trees for
Watershed program, coordinating and participating in several shoreline
cleanups with 'The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup', and conducting
environmental workshops as a trained facilitator for EcoMentors.
Jack currently serves on several advisory and steering committees in his
community and advocates for many social justice initiatives. Since 2012
Jack has participated in a monthly Intergenerational Program at a local
senior’s home where he volunteers his time teaching crafts and other
Location: Oakville Ontario, Canada School: Pope John Paul II Elementary School
Luisa Macena is 13 years old and Paula Macena is 11 years old. They have
been active helping other kids since they were very young. When Luisa was 8
she cut her hair to donate to kids with cancer. When Paula was 7 she did
When Luisa was 9 she was an advocate for the animals and even
helped to promote a bike parade to create awareness about it.
For the last year Luisa and her sister Paula have put their efforts in an Anti-Bullying campaign. They created a facebook page called Anti-Bullying Project to help kids who have been bullied and they made wrist bands to sell to friends and people they know. The money will be used to buy awareness material for the schools. They are now in the process of organizing an Anti-Bullying Walk-thon for September
They have a huge heart for people and are always willing to help
others, that's why I think they are heroes.
County: Bordentown New Jersey, USA School: Meadow View Junior Academy
For the past 4 years, Reshini Premaratne has been a volunteer at and has
served as her school's ambassador for The Daily Planet. Currently, she is
a member of the Youth Philanthropy Project at The Community Foundation and
a participant in the Outdoor Leadership Institute at the Blue Sky Fund.
Reshini has also singlehandedly created the X-Out Homelessness campaign in 2010. The X-Out Homelessness campaign is a youth-led campaign dedicated to raising funds for and awareness about the issue of homelessness. The main event of this
campaign is X-Out day where students wear duct tape X's on their shirts
and carry information cards to raise awareness. However, the campaign also
holds bake sales and needs drives. Another event is the skate night that
X-Out Homelessness hosts at SkateNation as a way to further raise money and
awareness. The campaign will also be hosting a charity figure skating show
this year with participants from all over the Greater Richmond area.
X-Out Homelessness campaign has reached over 20 schools and 10,000 students
and it has donated over 5,000 dollars and 250 pounds of items to the
County: Glen Allen Virginia, USA School: Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
Elayna Hasty has been actively involved with community service since she was 6 years old just going to nursing homes to mingle with the residents and playing Bingo. As she became older her mom noticed Elayna’s love of animals so they started visiting and helping at their local animal shelter but it was when she was only 9 years old Elayna really felt that she needed to take a stand.
Elayna had some experiences with bullying, but it was when her friend that she cared a great deal about faced the same issue she came up with GAB Girls (Girls Against Bullying Girls).
Elayna’s friend was so devastated from other girls being purposely mean that her mom took her out of public school and started to home school her. Elayna and her friend would talk like young girls do, but not about childhood things. They would talk about hurt feelings from others and how they could still stay strong despite the cruel insults.
County: Montpelier Ohio, USA School: Montpelier Elementary School