Peers supporting their peers

23rd September 2021

– Young people giving back to the community

Seeing young people taking a stand to help others and realise the importance of community is really uplifting and this is precisely what has happened recently in Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.

As part of the Summer University, local art company Doodle Designs held a summer art workshop for ten young people within Edmonton Green Shopping Centre. The Management team at the Shopping Centre wanted to do their bit to help and waived the hire fee and asked the young people to donate it to a charity of their choice.

Rebecca Bird, Retail Manager at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, said, “Community plays a massive role for all of us here in the Shopping Centre. If there is a way we can help and enhance the community then we absolutely will. When Christina approached us to hire the room and she told us about the workshop, we couldn’t help but ask her to put the hire fee to a good cause.

“BASE is a great organisation that is currently renovating a space within the Shopping Centre and I know this donation will be of a great help to them.”

Christina Kalinowski, owner of Doodle Designs, who facilitated the workshop, said, “When Rebecca kindly told us to donate the room hire fee to a charity of our choice, I discussed this with the class and it was apparent that they all wanted to support their peers within Edmonton. Most of the participants were from outside of Edmonton so having been given a tour and brainstorming ideas, community was something that they all felt very strongly about.”

They went about doing some research and they were all keen to support a food bank. They came across BASE (Build Achieve Support Empower), an Edmonton based not for profit organisation, that started in September 2019 supporting five families locally. The organisation aims to reduce child poverty, gang activity and social isolation within the community and supplies food to a massive 400 families weekly from their own allotment and various other sources.

Christina continued, “They came across BASE and are so happy that they’ve been able to help in some way. I couldn’t be happier to support Candice and her team. It is all about giving back to our community in some shape or form.”

Candice McDonald, CEO and founder of BASE, speaks highly of the management staff of Edmonton Green Shopping Centre and of the young people that took part in the Summer University. “We are truly grateful to all involved for their generosity. Being fully self-funded means that this is an absolute God send for us. We have been working had for the past six months to create a music studio for some of the young people we support and this money has totally come at the right time for us.”

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