Meet Matan. He’s 6 years old. If you want to feel inspired, just think of him. He chose to support Kayla’s Children’s Centre for his ECHOage party. The reason he chose to support this wonderful cause?
“Because I love them and I want them to feel better and good. When they go to the doctor they can pay so they can feel better.”
Kids like Matan help open our eyes. Kayla’s Children’s Centre empowers children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Thank you Matan for raising awareness, and much needed funds, for this amazing ECHOage partner. We’re so proud of you. Happy Birthday Matan! Love ECHOage XO
Kayla’s Children Centre was founded in May 2017 as a non-profit organization that resulted from the merger of the Zareinu Educational Center of Metropolitan Toronto (founded in 1989) and Project AIM Programs (founded in 2007). Both shared a passionate desire to empower children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Recognizing their synergies, Zareinu and Project AIM concluded that as a single entity they could be a dream come true for children with special needs and their families, providing everything they require under one roof, year round, in a state-of-the-art facility.
Aeriel believes that children’s health is the top priority. She’s only 4 years old and she has her priorities straight! Aeriel supported SickKids and got a doll house, a kitchen set and skates. We want to wish a her a very special 4th birthday and thank her for her amazing generosity. Go Aeriel! Love ECHOage
Gabriella chose WWF for her ECHOage party because she love animals and she wants to help them to get the medication they need if they are ill. She also hopes to get a puppy for her 6th birthday! She did this all at age 6. ECHOage – A Better Way To Celebrate.
Congrats Jonah for being such a young leader and supporting Nanny Angel Network at your 7th Birthday. We are so proud of you!
In Jonah’s words, here is why he supported this incredible cause, “The Nanny Angel Network helps lots of families who really need it. They give great babysitting help to kids so that the moms can get better and it’s really important that moms get better fast!”
So proud. 🎂👍🎈
Ally raised over $160 for WWF. Read why she chose this incredible charity, “Because I’m really interested in animals and some animals are in danger, like the tiger, so I wanted to help save their habitats.”
💜🎂🌸 Way to go Ally. We are super proud that you chose to ECHOage your celebration at such a young age! xo Happy Birthday from all of us at ECHOage! Enjoy your giant, stuffed tiger!
Read why Thea chose to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada at her recent ECHOage birthday party “At my karate school, my Sensei (karate instructor) had a baby and he was born with cystic fibrosis. I want to help them find a cure for him and others with cystic fibrosis.” A true inspiration at the age of 10. We hope you love your NEW Mermaid Tail and Newberry doll.
A Giant Thank YOU for believing that ECHOage is A Better Way to Celebrate.
It turns out that there are a lot of young Canadians who absolutely adore cheetahs. Not only that, they know a lot about cheetahs – why they can run so fast, why they are endangered and why the facial markings on the cheetah exist for very practical reasons. The cheetah, one of the world’s most iconic species, has its own day to celebrate. It’s December 4th and you can find out much more about the cheetah at www.internationalcheetahday.com
ECHOage has made it possible for kids across Canada to celebrate their birthdays and donate to Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada. Most of the world’s cheetahs live in southern Africa, in Namibia. When the founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund and the world’s leading expert on cheetahs, Dr. Laurie Marker, recently came to Toronto, it provided a wonderful opportunity for more than a dozen young people (along with their parents) to get together and talk to the “Cheetah Lady”. Dr. Laurie has lived and worked in Namibia for more than 30 years and has worked with cheetahs in the wild as well as those who have been orphaned and are in the care of Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Dr. Laurie showed everybody how cheetahs are built for speed, and had lots of help from the kids in attendance. She also talked about the ways that we can protect cheetahs in the wild, and help the people who are living in the local communities.
There were lots of very good questions and Dr. Laurie learned that young Canadians care about these amazing cats and our planet.
According to my calculations, six kids equal a ridiculous amount of Halloween candy. Parents always wonder: do we let them gorge and be done with it? Or do we portion it out over an extended period of time?
I checked in with nutritionist pal, Theresa Albert, who basically said it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other. Her advice? Get rid of it altogether – you really don’t want your kids consuming that much sugar.
Looking for fun and creative ways to dispose of it? See if you can convince your little sugar monsters to try one of these:
The “Switch Witch.” This special character visits your home and replaces bags of candy with a toy or a few little presents.
Pinterest. A mom pal took to Pinterest when looking for ideas and found plenty. Now she has used some of the candy to make up advent calendars for the kids! You could also try melting down that extra chocolate to make this yummy bark and gift it to friends, neighbours and family.
Ditch or donate it. Check in with your dentist! Sometimes they have trade-in programs to keep the sugar bugs off those little pearly whites. Some have even set up a program where they send the treats over to Canadian Troops.
Eat it yourself. Speaking from experience, this never ends well. If you end up going this route, just be sure to take cover.