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A party for the animals

Brant News

September 9, 2010

By: Lauren Baron

Rather than receiving gifts for her seventh birthday, Kali Noonan decided she would make a difference in the world.

"I have a lot of toys and I just wanted to donate to animals because I like animals and the environment," Noonan said.

The seven-year-old Paris resident asked friends attending her Aug. 27 birthday party to bring a donation to Ontario Nature in lieu of gifts.

"It's important to protect the environment because, if we didn't, then all the trees would be cut down and we couldn't breathe. It's also important to help the animals because they help the environment, too."

Together the girls raised $250 for the charitable organization, which works to protect wild species and the environment through conservation, education and public engagement.

"Some of my friends were pretty excited," Noonan said of her decision to donate. Noonan's generosity has rubbed off.

"My friend Mia said she wanted to do it for the eagles," Noonan said. "It actually feels kind of nice to have my friends donate, too. It makes me feel good inside."

Noonan's mother, Shannon, and her husband, Chris, say they are incredibly proud of their daughter for thinking of others before herself.

"I'm very excited about this," Chris said. "I'm ecstatic that she's helping out."

This is the first time Ontario Nature has received a donation like Noonan's, according to Randie Hanlan, Ontario Nature member and donations relations co-ordinator.

"I think it's fantastic," Hanlan said. "I think it's a great idea for children to think of charities and people other than themselves to benefit from their good fortune."

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