A carrier’s compassion
Carbonear boy donating paper money to Relay for Life
This week, 12-year-old Carbonear resident Zachary Dooling is looking for your help.
Zachary is a carrier with The Compass and he’s donating the sales from his paper route this week to the Relay for Life and the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s event will be held in Upper Island Cove on Sept. 12.
As a result of this, the paper will match all donations received by Zachary. He’ll be rap- ping on doors and walking his route of 30 customers with the goal of raising $100 for the relay.
“I’ll be going door-to-door,” said Zachary.
This year’s donation trail is the Carbonear Academy students’ second using his Compass earnings to fund the mission of the relay. According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s website, 65 cents of every dollar goes towards creating a world where people do not fear cancer.
Last year, Zachary raised $52 through his earnings. When he came up with the idea, he was brainstorming for new ways to fundraise money.
As he was rolling ideas over in his head, the proverbial light bulb went off.
“I thought what if I could use my Compass money and get most of it,” said Zachary. “It makes me happy.”
When he walks onto the field in Island Cove this week, Zachary will be doing so for the fourth time. He is a member of the team Inked for Life.
They’ll be on the field giving out fake tattoos and doing face painting.
A member of the air cadets, Zachary is a lot like many 12year-olds. He spends his time playing sports like soccer, softball and cross-country running.
At the relay, he’ll be taking part in something bigger than himself.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said his mother Beverly. “I think it is important that they give back and … teaching them that there is a lot of need for this kind of thing.”
Everyone’s touched by cancer
Walk into a crowded room and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer. They might have it themselves, know someone who is battling the disease or recently lost a loved one to it.
Cancer is one of those diseases that can strike a person from all corners of their lives. Just like anyone, Dooley has lost friends and family to the disease.
In the past year, he lost his teacher at Carbonear Academy and one of his customers to cancer. He has even lost members of his relay team to the disease.
“I really wanted to raise money for them,” said Zachary.
The Relay for Life is as much about remembering loved ones as it is about raising money to fight cancer.
“It is an emotional day,” said Beverly. “There is a lot of upand-down.”
Teams will march to cherish memories of the ones they’ve lost and at the end, they’ll each don a bracelet in honour of someone who is affected or who succumbed to the disease.
They give their time and effort so other families can possibly have more time with theirs.
“I’m really looking forward to the relay,” said Zachary. “It’ll feel good to reach the $100 dollar mark.”
12-year-old Zachary Dooling will be donating the money from his paper route to the Relay for Life and the Canadian Cancer Society.