A little lemonade can go a long way 0
By Lorne Stelmach
The streetside lemonade stand is a longtime tradition for children everywhere, but the one at Rampton Park in Morden over the last few weeks was a little different.
It also served as a learning opportunity for kids from the Morden day care while supporting a good cause as well.
Dubbed Lemonade for Love, the new summer-time tradition is for the Boundary Trails Health Centre in support of rehab programs for children. It was taking place again today (Wed., August 8) at the Rampton Park (corner of Nelson Street and Rampton Street) between 10:00 and 11:00 am.
The objective of the Lemonade for Love fundraiser is to help kids experience the process of raising money for an organization that needs it and to teach the kids the importance of giving and the difference they can make.
The money raised will be donated to the physiotherapy department and used to purchase new equipment.
The program is not new, but this is the first year the day care was asked to get involved, and Elaine Wagner said it is a great opportunity for the kids.
"They were excited ... excited to do the baking," Wagner said last Thursday amidst the shouts of children trying to lure passing vehicles to stop.
She said it is a good way for them to learn about "how to give to other people instead of always wanting to get.
"They understand none of the money stays with us or with them, but it all goes to help kids who maybe have more trouble than they do ... learning, walking or whatever else."
It started with a small reminder that anyone can give when someone at the hospital learned about girls down the street who had set up a lemonade stand to raise $100 to buy toys for the kids in the hospital
It may seem like a small effort, but the benefit goes far beyond the small change it will collect for the hospital, said Wagner.
"We try to do lots of projects at the day care where they give to others, whether it's even giving to a different room or outside the day care, so they do learn an empathy for other people.
"That's a really important part of our teaching and program."