Eva Geimer is a little ball of energy, with a big heart for giving back.
The 10-year-old Conestogo girl keeps herself busy working on any charity project she can, most notably a Bowl for the Cause event in April, which she dreamed up and organized.“I decided to do that because both of my grandfathers died from cancer, so I just wanted to make sure I could give to them what they didn’t have,” Eva said.
She had a goal of $500, but ended up raising $1,017 for the Canadian Cancer Society. She made signs for the Elmira Bowl and flyers on bright colored paper, which she handed out to neighbors and friends.
As for how much work went into it, she said “A lot, I must say. We had our friends over helping us make candy kebobs and buying the jelly beans. It was a lot of work.”
They also raffled off a black forest cake, and had a jar of jellybeans where people could pay to guess how many were in it. More than 50 people came out to bowl and support the event, taking up six lanes in the bowlarama.
“I was busy selling stuff. I had to run around with a sign on my shirt, saying black forest cake raffle,” Eva said with a laugh.
She says she couldn’t wait to drop off the cheque at the Canadian Cancer Society.
“It was really exciting because of my accomplishment,” Eva said. “I was really happy that I got to give all that money to cancer research.”
With that event under her belt, she turned her efforts to supporting KidsAbility through the 10th annual MudPuppy Chase.
“There were a bunch of races you could choose from,” Eva said. “I ran the 3k with my school’s running club. I raised $350 there so I was really happy about that as well. That was a lot of fun too because I love running.”
She sent out a link asking for support and received money from family and her neighbors, with a large $200 donation from her uncle.
Last month she used her love of animals to support the Cambridge Humane Society. She had her birthday party there and after four years of persistently asking, her parents got her a cat, named Riesling.
“It was lots of fun. I really recommend having your party there. They had a really good cake,” Eva said. “We got to go on a tour and meet all the animals and there was this bunny that I got to hold. Her name was Beauty, she had the biggest eyes.”
Her school also supports the Humane Society, so she’s always picking up toys and things she can donate to the animals when she’s out.
And now she’s fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart.
“I’ve already started raising some money,” Eva said. “I’m happy to go jumping June 12. We’re doing the event at our school, so we get to jump and teachers and students get picked and we get to do a bunch of these crazy tricks and there are contests between the classes. I’m really excited for that.”
She’s been busy practicing her crossovers, which she jokes is about all she can do with a jump rope.
And while making candy kebobs and playing with animals is fun, she’s also taken away some knowledge from her recent charitable involvements, like organization, and what a float is in a money till.
“I definitely like raising the money and the feeling I get when I get to go hand in the money. That’s definitely my favourite part,” Eva said. “But my favourite part in organizing is all the work I get to do. It’s so much fun. People normally say that work isn’t fun, but work for charity it’s definitely lots of fun.”
Her mom, Cindy, notes Eva helps out with the World Wildlife Fund for Canada, even asking for the stuffed animals where the proceeds go to saving endangered species for a few birthdays.
“Eva was saying earlier how kids no matter what age can make a difference,” Cindy said. “No matter how big or small. She contributes to all sorts of other charities, book drives and denim drives. Anything you can do, find things around the house. Every person can make a difference no matter how big or old.”
Eva’s original inspiration came from reading about Annaleise Carr, the 14-year-old who swam across Lake Ontario in 2012 and raised $115,000 for Camp Trillium, a camp for kids with cancer, after being told she couldn’t volunteer at the camp because she wasn’t 18.
“Lots of people have gone out and done these charity events and I wanted to be one of them who raised money for those people who really can’t help themselves and need help,” Eva said. “I really wanted to help them. I got the idea that I could maybe make a change and really help those people that need it.”