We never forget our friends. Years ago Parents Magazine wrote a great article about ECHOage by Jessie Assimon: Plan A Birthday Party That Gives Back. Parents is an excellent resource for parents provides great information about party places, cake ideas, there’s so much to explore.
Abel chose our fantastic partner the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. He’s only 4 but that doesn’t matter. He’s able to help. He’s able to choose. He’s shown us that kids can do way more than adults think.
Why did he choose this fantastic cause?
“I love monkeys! I want them to be safe,” says our hero Abel.
Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is founded by Dr. Jane Goodall who knew there was more than meets the eye.
Dr. Jane Goodall first set foot in what is now known as Gombe Stream National Park in 1960 when she launched her pioneering research with wild chimpanzees. She was only 26 years old. Her research project was unlike any other and has taught us so much about our closest cousins in the animal kingdom.
Jane continues her work today by travelling an average of 300 days per year speaking in packed auditoriums, school gymnasiums, and conference centres about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth.
Everywhere she goes, Jane urges audiences to recognize their personal power and responsibility to effect positive change through consumer action, lifestyle change and activism.
When you work together for over 10 years, there’s a lot of love. On Valentines Day we give our warmest hugs to WWF Canada. Thank you for all the wonderful years of celebrating children and their love for animals on ECHOage.
Ellette is 8. She wants to be the kind of person who helps other children. She already had a big impact.
“It makes me really sad that some kids don’t have any food and I really wanted to help them. All kids should have good, healthy food.”
We’ve always loved Savvymom.ca but lately we love them even more. At Savvy you’ll find endless ideas for moms on a mission, tips, tricks, feel good moments, and insider information. Jump around the site and you’ll find your place, that’s for sure. It’s a resource like no other if you’re a Canadian mom in pursuit of your passions. Savvy will lead you to the best ways to enjoy your kids more fully, spend more valuable time with your family and yes, of course, throw the best birthday party of the year.
“I chose Right To Play Canada because my birthday is near the olympics and my dad told me that they do a lot of stuff with and for the olympics for kids who can’t normally play.”
The p.i.n.e. project’s mission is to build healthy communities deeply connected to the natural environment.
To achieve this they deliver programs focused on building relationships between self, others, and the environment. Using music, drama, storytelling, naturalist studies, stewardship, survival skills, outdoor adventures, intergenerational learning, games, and play they weave a “culture of nature connection”. This empowers their mantra: be more, need less.
Sweet Gemma chose this amazing cause. In her words:
“I chose this charity because the pine project lets kids be in nature.”
Gemma is our hero. She’s a hero today, and she’s a hero for our future. Nature is where kids should be. This 3 year old knows.
ECHOage welcomes our new partner Indspire. It is with great pride that we write this post today. Our wish is that you will choose Indspire, tell your friends to choose Indspire. Tell your neighbours and relatives. We are telling everyone. We feel inspired by the work they do, and look forward to years of birthday parties ahead in support of this outstanding cause.
Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Our programs serve First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities and urban centres across Canada.
For her ECHOage party Hali wanted to ensure that wildlife would be protected.
She chose from over 200 Canadian charities and landed on our wonderful partner: World Wildlife Fund.
In the words of 5 year old Hali:
“I want to help polar bears and other animals be safe and not let bad guys get them and make sure they get lots of food so they can be around for a really long time.”
Ever meet a child that makes you pause? We meet a lot of those kids.
Mario is that child. This 3 year old boy (yes, he’s 3, and cares about others) chose Because I Am A Girl as his ECHOage charity. Why? Mario say: “Because all humans need to have the same rights.” Yes, he’s only 3. We swear. ECHOage is a labour of love in more ways than one…