Carly Greene, 8, is committed to acts of kindness — and her willingness to put a little bit of sweat into her efforts to help people in need has paid off in a big way.
Through a charity run during her Easter Break, Greene has raised more than $1,600 for The Gathering Place in St. John's, a community health centre that helps vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing met basic needs such as food, clothing and medical care.
"I feel bad for the people who are just out in the rain and the cold and the snow," Carly said on Saturday.
At first, Carly had hoped to raise $100 for The Gathering Place by running 10 kilometres, but her mother, Thelma Careen, said that distance was too far for an eight-year-old and suggested a five-kilometre run instead.
The family started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign on March 26 called Carly's Kilometres for Kindness, which had raised more than $1610 as of Sunday.
"Myself and my partner, Greg, we had assumed that we were going to end up donating enough to top her up to the $100," said Careen.
"So we were really surprised by the support from our family and friends," she said.
The family is a part of the Athletics NorthEast running club, which Careen said was very supportive of Carly's fundraising efforts.
"Everyone was sharing and commenting. So we were really surprised at the $1,600," she said.
'She was thrilled'
Meanwhile, Carly is also proud of the fundraiser's results.
"I hope that it helps people that don't have much," Carly said.
Carly did 10 laps of a 500-metre loop around a residential area in Mount Pearl Thursday to complete her five-kilometre run.
"She's so determined and so, so strong," Careen said of her daughter.
"She was thrilled. She was happy. She you can see it in her face when she's running. And it's just so nice to see," she said.
"I really love running with her by my side," said Careen who completed the run with her daughter.
The fundraiser isn't the only act of kindness and compassion Carly has completed this winter. Her mom said Carly has been very concerned about people panhandling in major intersections in St. John's.
Careen said Carly earned some money by shoveling a driveway and was going to spend the money on an online game. But when the child saw a man panhandling on Topsail Road, she made her mom pull over so she could give the man her money.
"Originally I wouldn't stop to let her give him the money, but she was pretty upset about it. She said that she felt that he needed it more than she did," Careen said.
Meanwhile Carly said she'd do all over again.
"Yes, definitely 100 per cent," she said.
Carly is hoping to present The Gathering Place with the money from her fundraiser in the next week.