Danika Fawcett, left, has raised $820.62 for the Lillian Albion Animal Shelter this year. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Twelve-year-old Danika Fawcett of Dorchester had another successful year with fundraising, collecting $820.62 for the Lillian Albion Animal Shelter.
The money was raised this year through bottle drives, cash donations and yard sales.
Danika and her grandmother Amy have been raising money for the Amherst animal shelter for six years now and say they are fortunate to have so many giving family and friends, who have been supporting them over the years. The fundraising drive is in memory of the late Pat Cormier, Amy’s mother-in-law who was an avid animal lover and a great supporter of the shelter.
Danika and her mom Samantha are in the midst of organizing a raffle of two beautiful handmade needlepoint wall hangings, created and donated to them specifically for the fundraiser, and a gorgeous handmade necklace and bracelet created from hand-picked seaglass from the shores of Cape Breton.
Danika started this journey at age seven, with a little lemonade stand in her first year and raising $300 in one hour. Year after year, it has grown from an hour-long event to a day-long event to a year-round effort of coming up with different ways to fundraise – from handmade cookbooks to calendars to selling strawberry plants, hosting yard sales, car boot sales and gathering returnables from family and friends.
Danika has raised $5000 over the years, with continued support from family and friends from Dorchester, Sackville, Amherst to Halifax, Memramcook to Moncton, and all points in between, and from friends, as far away as England.
Although this will be Danika’s last year fundraising for the shelter on her own, people are encouraged to continue to donate through the shelter’s weekly on-site auction on Facebook.
As with most shelters, it is run by volunteers, and they are always trying to keep up with all the needs of the animals, and the grounds and buildings.