Amy (above) and Daniel Davenport raised more than $1

Helping create a picture perfect world

Daniel Davenport, 13, and his 11-year-old sister Amy were looking for a way to provide more than just gifts to the less fortunate

Christmas presents were not enough.

Daniel Davenport, 13, and his 11-year-old sister Amy were looking for a way to provide more than just gifts to the less fortunate, so instead of presents, they sent one of the necessities of life.

“Water. It is what we have needed since the Stone Age,” Daniel said. “You cannot go wrong in the catalogue of helping people, but we had to pick something that is accomplishable, helpful and lasting.”

Searching for an organization that could facilitate their long-term goal led them to Plan Canada, a non-profit organization with a mandate to improve the lives of children in developing countries.

“My sister and myself wanted to make a difference and help those less fortunate,” Daniel continued. “Not only does it give them water, it frees (them) up from trekking all day every day to get water.”

With the help of their mother Lesley, who moonlights as a nature and landscape photographer, they came up with a plan to raise $1,000.

Taking what they called the “Girl Guide approach,” the two Saanich kids combined their $20 allowance with funds from babysitting work to buy bulk card stock and print their mother’s nature photographs. By making photo greeting cards, they developed a product with the money many others their age would have spent on themselves.

“For a couple of years now they have wanted to support charitable causes but we don’t just write them a cheque,” Lesley said. “They have to come up with a way to raise the money.”

The two students spent their evenings gluing photographs to card stock, bundling them with envelopes to sell at craft fairs, to family members, friends and teachers for $1 each.

One thousand cards later, the pair reached their goal and contacted Plan Canada to let them know they would be sponsoring 13 families in Sudan.

“Some people out there aren’t as fortunate as we are. That got me thinking that I can do something,” Amy said. “Some people out there need the money. I have a great life; I don’t really need the money.”

Anyone interested in purchasing photocards can email al__baby@hotmail.com.

alim@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Thousands show for 40th GoodLife Marathon in downtown Victoria

New records, first-time runners, and stories of resilience

Mother of alleged hit-and-run victim hopes municipalities will work together to improve crosswalk

Young woman injured, dog killed when struck by driver on marked crosswalk at Foul Bay Road

Here comes the rain: Victoria can expect post Thanksgiving showers all week

Mild, rainy weather expected from Tuesday to Saturday

Opponents of Elizabeth May criticize her push to scrap temporary foreign worker program

May has proposed to scrap the federal program which supplies local business with temporary workers

Victoria woman uses loss to raise awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

City of Victoria to recognize Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day Oct. 15

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Dog killed in alleged hit and run, Goodlife Marathon takes over city and more

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read