Young Labrador boy re­ceiv­ing Youth Ven­tures Award

L’anse au Loup en­tre­pre­neur en­joys busi­ness suc­cess with Labrador-themed roast­ing sticks

The Pilot - - Editorial - BY KYLE GREEN­HAM kyle.green­ham@north­ern­pen.ca

Thanks to his Labradorthemed roast­ing sticks, an 11-year-old L’anse au Loup boy will soon be tak­ing home the Youth Ven­tures award for ex­cel­lence in arts and tourism.

Lo­gan Bel­ben was out with his mother Donna when he no­ticed some Youth Ven­tures fly­ers. As soon he saw them, his mother says he be­gan strik­ing up ideas of how he could get in­volved in the pro­gram for young en­trepreneurs.

The Youth Ven­tures pro­gram was cre­ated to en­cour­age young peo­ple in the prov­ince in their hob­bies, in­ter­ests and pas­sions. A va­ri­ety of awards for New­found­land and Labrador youth are also given out by the or­ga­ni­za­tion each year.

Lo­gan will be one of the pro­gram’s youngest award re­cip­i­ents.

Af­ter sit­ting down with a Youth Ven­tures co­or­di­na­tor, Lo­gan came up with the idea of paint­ing roast­ing sticks and fish- ing poles with the Labrador flag.

Soon his fa­ther and pop got in­volved. They took up some 2x4s and be­gan saw­ing roast­ing sticks out of them.

Word trav­elled fast and Lo­gan’s roast­ing sticks be­came a big seller at his par­ents’ busi­ness, Fast Freddy’s Take-Out.

“He’s very ex­cited and over­whelmed by the sup­port,” said Donna. “It’s given him a phe­nom­e­nal sum­mer.”

Lo­gan has been kept so busy paint­ing sticks, he’s had to get ex­tra help to keep up with the de­mand. Donna ex­pects he’ll con­tinue this for the rest of the sum­mer.

The en­ter­prise has been such a suc­cess that the Youth Ven­tures will now be re­ward­ing the 11-year-old en­tre­pre­neur. On Thurs­day, Aug. 10, Lo­gan trav­elled to St. John’s to re­ceive his Youth Ven­tures award for ex­cel­lence in arts and tourism.

He’s look­ing for­ward to get­ting the award and con­tin­u­ing his suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

L’anse au Loup res­i­dent Lo­gan Bel­ben’s Labrador-themed roast­ing sticks have be­come a ma­jor suc­cess. Bel­ben, 11, is be­ing awarded the Youth Ven­tures award in ex­cel­lence in arts and tourism for his en­ter­prise.

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