Nanaimo girls raise cash for BC wildfire victims

By Ian Holmes
July 12, 2017 - 5:52pm Updated: July 13, 2017 - 7:10am

Caylee Laskosky and Makayla Woodall waiting for customers Wednesday afternoon outside Fairview Elementary School.Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — A pair of Nanaimo girls are doing their part to help B.C.'s wildfire victims.

Caylee Laskosky and Makayla Woodall raised money for Southern Interior and Cariboo region wildfire victims by selling cookies and iced tea by donation outside Fairview Elementary School Wednesday afternoon.

The nine-year-olds said they collected about $80 in three hours while overseeing a table on Howard Ave.

“I got involved with it because I slept over at her house (Makayla's) and saw it on the news and it looked very scary,” Laskosky told NanaimoNewsNOW.

Woodall said people walking by had nice things to say about their effort.

“They said this is a good thing you're doing because it's a good cause.”

Makayla's mother, Tracy Pile, said arrangements were made to donate the money to the Nanaimo chapter of the Canadian Red Cross. Pile views the fundraising venture as a valuable learning experience for the girls.

“When somebody comes they're polite and sit down and treat them like a customer,” Pile said. “It's teaching them to be polite, courteous and not be rude.”

Pile said forest fires forced her cousin out of her Quesnel home.

Makayla and Caylee said they hope to serve more refreshments for wildfire victims.

Victim relief donations via the Canadian Red Cross can be made here.


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