Seven-year-old helps Save Our Seine


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On Aug. 7, seven-year-old Max M. of Royalwood raised $743 in support of Save Our Seine through his lemonade stand plus donations from neighbours, family and friends.

“I go biking every other day through the Bois-des-Ésprits,” said Max. “It is a beautiful place. I wanted to do something to thank SOS for protecting it.”

Aside from a new frame cut by his mother, Max constructed his lemonade stand on his own using recycled materials, in keeping with SOS’ mandate to preserve the Seine River environment.

Supplied photo Max M. raised $743 in support of Save Our Seine through lemonade sales and donations from neighbours, family and friends. He even contributed from his own piggy bank.

The panels, roof, counter and counter tile came from leftover materials from Max’s home, from family members and from a nearby construction site, where he obtained permission from neighbours to hunt through scraps.

Max’s favourite animals to spot in the Bois are deer and tortoises. He also enjoys reading books from the Geronimo Stilton series and Calendar Mysteries. Other hobbies and interests include the music of Queen, woodworking, his fairy garden, Lego (he built a 1,759-piece set last summer), paper mâché, his collection of over 100 painted rocks, hockey, soccer and baseball.

“Max loves to help out our neighbours,” his mother said. “He waters gardens, checks peoples’ steps for packages when they are away and looks after a pet fish. His father and I can see that he already has a strong community spirit.”

“I am so proud of myself,” Max said. “It felt good to give. This event was four weeks in the making. I even made contributions from my own piggy bank.”

According to Michele Kading, executive director for SOS, a $100 donation can help clean up half a kilometre of the river.

Max did the math and realized he was able to help clean up 3.5 kilometres of the Seine
“On behalf of our SOS team, we are truly grateful for Max’s efforts,” Kading said.

“In recognition, Max received an SOS mask, a map of the Seine River Greenway and a set of bookmarks. We hope he inspires other young people to support SOS.”

For his part, Max is excited to continue his fundraising.

“I want to do the event again another time and see if I can raise even more!” he said.  

Donations to Save Our Seine can be made online at, or by mail to P.O. Box 83, 208 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2H 3B4.

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

Tanya Misseghers

Tanya Misseghers
Royalwood community correspondent

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

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