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Queen Elizabeth School Siblings Raise $1,300 for Afghan Women and Refugees
Queen Elizabeth School Siblings Raise $1,300 for Afghan Women and Refugees
Posted on 09/14/2021

September 14, 2021 (Perth, ON) – When siblings Will, Lucas and Campbell O’Neill learned about the current situation in Afghanistan, they wanted to do their part to help. 


Will is in Grade 6 while Lucas is a Grade 4 student. Campbell just started Grade 1. They all attend the Queen Elizabeth School in Perth.

“The kids are always finding different ways to donate to people in need,” says UCDSB teacher Torie O’Neill, and the siblings’ mom. “At home, we were talking about the situation in Afghanistan – on a kid-appropriate level – and all of them wondered what we could do for the people living there.” 


They brainstormed ideas on how to raise money and decided to set up a pop-up shop. Each family member selected one thing they enjoy and wanted to sell. These items included LEGObeaded bracelets, stuffed animals, veggies from the family garden, and homemade salsa. 


Over the Labour Day weekendthey set up tables in Smiths Falls and Perth, one day per town, on their grandparents’ front lawns. The siblings raised a total of $700 selling their goods, and further donations have since poured in from friends and family. 


When they saw the response, they were excited, happy, and motivated to sell more,” explains Torie. “Several people stopped by their table and just donated.”

To date, Will, Lucas and Campbell have raised $1,300 and will continue to accept donations until they send the funds to their selected organizations. They plan to donate the money to the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan organization and to local refugees

“The O’Neill children are incredible examples of seeing a heart-breaking scenario and taking action to support the efforts of those impacted,” says The Queen Elizabeth School Principal Dianne Stroud. “They truly emulate the UCDSB values, and their leadership is inspiring.” 

If you’re interested in donating to their fundraising efforts, you can email their mom, Torie O’Neill
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For media inquiries: 

April Scott-Clarke 

Manager of Communications, UCDSB 

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