Truro Junior High School recently made a donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation after raising more than $350 through a variety of activities at the school. From left, Jax Gaudet, Sadie Debow, Dale Ling (volunteer with the Truro chapter), Mikayla Hingley, Arielle Bowser, and vice-principal Kelly Hume. Raissa Tetanish – Hub Now

TRURO – Students at Truro Junior High School are giving back to an organization that helped one of their own.

The students recently presented more than $350 to the Children’s Wish Foundation. The students included Jax Gaudet, a 13-year-old who received a wish two years ago through the organization.

“We had a couple of ‘hat days’ and sold candy grams,” said Jax, about how the student body raised $360.06. They presented a cheque to Dale Ling, a local volunteer with the Truro chapter of the foundation.

“This means a lot,” said Ling, about the donation. “When kids raise money for one of their own, I think it’s eye-opening for them that it can happen to anyone. To give their time…there’s so much negativity toward young people, this is great to see.”

“It’s nice to be able to raise money to help more children,” said Mikayla Hingley, one of the students to make the presentation to Ling.

Since receiving his wish, Jax has been doing as much as he can in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. His mother, Lana McMackin, has also been supportive over the years, and has been passing along positive comments to other local families with possible wish children.

“There are many children who are non-verbal and can’t communicate, so to have somebody like Jax help us out is such a blessing. His mom is just as big a supporter too, which really helps,” said Ling.

To date, the Truro region has seen 70 wishes granted through the foundation, or are in the process of being planned. Many have been publicized through local media outlets, such as Jax when he received his wish to travel to Hawaii.

The Children’s Wish Foundation is celebrating its third year proclaiming March to be Children’s Wish Month. The first two years included an awareness campaign, while this year has a fundraising component through wish clouds. Wish clouds can be purchased for $2 each, with proceeds going to the foundation. Locally, wish clouds can be purchased at MacQuarries Pharmasave – the Esplanade, Pictou Road, and Brookfield locations, as well as the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

For other ways to get involved in Wish Month in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, visit www.childrenswish.ca/wishmonth.

The foundation’s annual Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser is soon approaching, happening on May 16.

Junior high school student Sadie Debow has been selected to present at the April gathering of 100 Kids Who Care, where she will talk about the foundation and the impact it has.