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    Categories: Volunteers & Charity

Lemonade stands to support the kids

There is absolutely nothing like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Well, except for the joy one gets from buying it from some kids running a roadside stand.

Helping out a whole bunch of sick kids on top of that is actually the best. That’s what tomorrow is all about. Sunday marks the fourth annual Simply Supper Helps Lemonade Stand Day, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it event with more than 250 lemonade stands selling the sweet and sour good stuff across the province, all in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Here in St. Albert, there will be 18 stands running at various times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., just like Tarra and Hayden’s Lemonade Stand at 35 Bernard Dr.

Meagan Stack says that both her son, Hayden, and her niece, Tarra, required the services of the fine medical professionals at the children’s hospital. This is one small way that they can pay them back for their help.

“They’re both doing great because of the Stollery,” she said. “[It’s an] incredible hospital.”

As soon as she heard about this initiative, she knew that she had to sign up.

The goal is to raise enough money to fund the purchase of two portable cardiology respiratory monitors. Over the first three years, the lemonade stand day event has brought in more than $75,000 to the Stollery.

If you can’t make it out to one of the stands, donations are also accepted online at www.lemonadestandday.kintera.org. There, you can also find a listing and map of all lemonade stand locations.

Men in heels for the YWCA

Guys are being invited to walk a mile in her shoes – literally speaking. The YWCA offers domestic violence prevention and recovery programs and provided more than 3,300 affordable counselling sessions and more than 400 hours of support to women and children in crisis shelters.

Now, men can help fund those valuable efforts. The YWCA Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event is a pledge-based fundraiser where men walk in high heels to raise funds to support YWCA Edmonton domestic violence prevention and recovery programs. It’s only a 45-minute walk through downtown Edmonton but the benefits can go much farther toward helping those in some pretty dire periods of their lives.

Organizers hope to raise at least $190,000. The walk runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 20 starting from 104th Street and Jasper Avenue. Learn more at www.walkamileedmonton.com.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.