Grand River Hospital Foundation is our partner!

A beautiful centre of excellence where patients receive the best possible care: Grand River Hospital of Kitchener, Waterloo. 

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ECHOage is so proud to partners with the Grand River Hospital Foundation to give kids an opportunity to raise funds for the hospital they love.

This fantastic hospital provides exceptional medical care to families across the Kitchener Waterloo region and beyond.

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Hayden chose COPE Service Dogs

Hayden is an amazing boy. This 7 year old boy chose COPE SERVICE DOGS as the recipient of the funds from his ECHOage party. COPE is a truly incredible cause that has been an ECHOage partner since 2012.

COPE provides remarkable education programs that engages communities and empowers students and others in the training of service dogs that transform the lives of people with disabilities. Their website, mission and values are so inspiring to us.

COPE provides highly skilled service dog partners to people with disabilities and enhances the lives of youth experiencing challenges by involving them in the training process of the dogs. It’s amazing! The youth being assisted by the dogs are actively involved in training the dogs, too.

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HAYDEN IS OUR HERO

We are so inspired by HAYDEN. At age 7 he has made a big impact in the lives of others. GO HAYDEN GO! You are our hero. Love ECHOage XOXO

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“I am forever grateful for the COPE class because I feel so great about myself. It changed my life and showed me there’s so much more to live for. When I look at my dog, Maple, I know I can do anything, because he shows me that he’s always ready for the next command, for the next move in his life just like I am in mine. Nothing is going to stop me from the goals I’ve developed.”
Student Graduate

“When I started COPE in October, I didn’t know if it would be hard, awkward or anything like that. Turns out it was pretty sick, I mean in a cool way. COPE means a lot to me, it made me feel like I was doing something good, not just helping my dog, but helping others. I made friends I didn’t expect to be friends with because we were all so different. I learned a lot about training and compatibility, and it changed the way I look at things. It made me feel more responsible and gave me a purpose. My relationship with my dog Buddy is amazing. I know when he needs attention and he knows when I do too. He always makes me proud of him whenever he does something right and I totally think he knows it makes me happy. It’s just unexplainable how good I feel now because of COPE.”
Student Graduate


Ve’ahavta means ‘And You Shall Love’

Asher is our hero! He supported one of the fantastic ECHOage Partners: Ve’ahavta

Ve’ahavta is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty.

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ASHER IS OUR HERO

Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) is committed to engaging community members in a meaningful and hands-on way to support our collective mission of tikun olam (repairing the world).

Ve’ahavta delivers poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty.

Ve’ahavta clients include marginalized and at-risk individuals, including those who struggle with homelessness, urban poverty, or live in under-served Aboriginal communities.

Ve’ahavta believes that each individual possesses unique gifts, and given the right opportunities and supports, will realize their full potential.

Ve’ahavta collaborates with many local community agencies and national partners in order to expand the scope of our reach, leverage existing resources, and increase the impact of our donor dollars.


She chose CHEO! Way to go, Maya!

Meet Maya. This amazing 10 year old girl has had 4 ECHOage parties! Her last three have been in support of CHEO – now that’s commitment. Way to go Maya. We know that others will follow in your footsteps.

In Maya’s words:

“I wanted to donate money to the CHEO Foundation because they have helped me twice – first when I broke my leg, and second when I had hip surgery. The hospital is a really great place for kids… the doctors are very nice and the nurses are really helpful and caring. We are so lucky to have such a great hospital in the area!” 

And Maya chose golf clubs as her gift:

“My Dad took me to a golf show earlier this year and I got to try out some clubs… it was a lot of fun! I would like to take golf lessons with my Dad because he is really good!! And I hope that I can be as good a golfer as him… and Brooke Henderson!”

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ECHOage and Second Harvest – 10 years of working together

Ten years of working together, ten years of food recovery, ten years of donations, ten years of kids standing up for what they believe in: everyone should have enough food to eat. Over the last 10 years ECHOage kids and families have provided over $200,000.00 for Second Harvest. Monthly funds have added up to thousands of young kids in Canada who care about feeding others. ECHOage is so proud of the work we do with Second Harvest and know that the next 10 years will be even more exciting.

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. With a goal to drastically reduce the amount of food wasted while ensuring people have access to the good, healthy food they need for success, Second Harvest works across the supply chain from farmer to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill and negatively impacts our environment.

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Study of North American Charities Reveals That Kids Are Important Fundraisers

ECHOage.com, the better way to celebrate, announced findings of a study of North American charities revealing that kids are important fundraisers for charities – and in many cases are influential when it comes to their parents’ and grandparents’ decisions on charitable giving. Partners such as Make-A-Wish Canada, WWF, and SickKids participated.

ECHOage is fully aware of the impact kids can have and to better understand the relationship between charitable giving and children, ECHOage recently conducted a study of North American charities revealing that:

  • 80% of charities believe that kids are capable of being meaningful fundraisers for their charity
  • 92% of charities think that teaching kids about fundraising from a young age helps them become more financially responsible 
  • 68% of charities know of situations where kids have influenced their parents’ or grandparents’ decision to support their charity
  • 84% of charities indicate that it’s very important to expose people to fundraising at a young age

“We’ve always known that kids are capable of making an impact – the results of this survey and our $10 million raised in 10 years milestone are proof that when given the tools to give, kids not only mean business but are important stakeholders for North American charities, often influencing decisions of others when it comes to charitable giving,” says Alison Smith, Co-Founder, ECHOage.

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ECHOage Kids Raised 10 Million Dollars for Charity 


Go Tyler Go!

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Tyler is our hero

Tyler chose to support a fantastic cause: Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps children between the ages of 4-18 participate in organized sports and physical activities. They assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.

But Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.

His Mom say; “Tyler loves hockey, and choosing a hockey item for his birthday gift just made sense.”