Amanda Belzowski is a 13-year-old with a big assignment to finish. It’s not an English essay or science fair project. The Toronto teen is trying to spread the word about her 13th annual lemonade stand fundraiser, which has raised over $150,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation since its launch in 1999 and is now raising money for Save A Child’s Heart and SickKids Hospital.
This year, the charity event will be held at 33 Post Road, on May 15 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It used to be called Amanda’s Lemonade Stand, but she has now relinquished the title to her five-year-old brother, who ran Joshua’s Cookie Counter for two years alongside his sister’s stand. But, it is still up to Amanda to campaign, speak to the volunteers, make sure the 25 gallons of lemonade (and other snacks, amenities and auction prizes) are prepared and, of course, help her brother pour the lemonade.
Belzowski is a rare breed of kid: she is a passionate volunteer, philanthropist and inspirational speaker who sincerely believes in the “follow your dreams” sentiments that her peers might find corny. She is on a mission to give back and inspire other youths to do the same because that’s what she’s been accomplishing for nearly her entire young life.
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