Saving lives one glass at a time
By Laura Pedersen, Toronto Sun
Amanda Belzowski knows that “you’re never too little to do something big.”
Sunday marked the 14th year that the 14-year-old Toronto girl opened up her lemonade stand to raise money to help “fix kids with hearts that aren’t working.”
The teen raised over $8,000, raising the total collected since she started the annual initiative to $179,000.
The proceeds go to the SickKids Foundation and Save a Child’s Heart Foundation Canada.
“It’s our responsibility as global citizens to give back to the community and make a difference in the world,” said Amanda. “Together we can all change the world.”
Her entrepreneurial spirit has been passed down to her 6-year-old brother Josh, who was the stand’s CEO for the second consecutive year.
“We have to fix a child’s heart if it is broken,” said Josh. “I’m going to do the lemonade stand for my entire life. I’m even going to pass it on to my kids.”
Amanda started the lemonade fundraiser when she was two. Riding on the back of a bicycle with her parents Dan and Lisa in the Becel Ride for Heart, she saw a lemonade stand and wanted to open one.
Although she was too young to understand the concept of money, the girl knew she had a heart and demonstrated a desire to help those with cardiac problems.
Amanda’s efforts have led her to meet a wide array of celebrities and politicians, including Donald Trump, David Copperfield, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“We should all be so good at what we do and take such interest in causes we support,” said Conservative MP John Carmichael, who stopped by Amanda’s stand to show support.
“I love her intensity and passion, I’m a big fan of Amanda’s,” added the MP for Don Valley West.
The Belowski siblings have a goal of earning $200,000 in donations. Although they didn’t reach it on Sunday, people can make donations at: lemonade4heart.org.