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Madeline Hiebert, Lizzie Rochon and Kyleigh Moffatt will soon put the wheels in motion on their upcoming fundraiser for an orphanage in Africa.
The 3rd Annual Wheelathon will be held — rain or shine — in Norwood Flats on Sun., June 26 from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the corner of Lyndale Drive and Walmer Street, and ride for an hour, beginning at 8 a.m.
Hiebert said that while the theme of the event is "kids helping kids" the age of last year’s participants ranged from three to 70. Once again, participants are invited bring a set of wheels — whether it be a bicycle, skateboard or a pair of rollerblades — and a helmet — and join in the fun. And new this year, walkers and runners are being invited to take part as well. The entry fee is $10, but participants are welcome to raise as much support as they would like. Each participant under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The proceeds from the wheelathon will go to the Mukanzo Orphanage Foundation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an organization that has become close to the hearts of the organizers. The Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute student said the trio became aware of the orphanage several years ago, when their altruistic efforts began with Christmas card and lemonade stand fundraisers before the wheelathon was created. And despite being located half a world away, Hiebert said the trio has developed a compassionate connection with the orphanage.
"In 2014 and 2015, we raised money for basic medical supplies, school uniforms, and bunk beds, so that the kids wouldn’t have to sleep on the floor," Hiebert, 12, said. "Right now, there are 32 kids who live in a building they have no claim on. We want to help them raise money for a piece of land where they can build a permanent home.
"We couldn’t imagine having the orphanage close down and having these kids on the street, alone, with no one to take care of them. This is what I want people to understand. The kids at the orphanage are just like Lizzie, Kyleigh and me on the inside."
Tax receipts will be issued for online or cheque donations of $30 or more. Anyone who wants to help, but can’t attend the event, can donate online at www.mukanzofoundation.org. For more information, or to donate via cheque, email Hiebert’s mom, Elizabeth, at email@example.com or call 204-237-5943.
The Lance community journalist
Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.