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Cupcakes to help fight COVID-19? This Ottawa 8-year-old baked up a great idea to raise research funds

Sophie George has raised nearly $2,000 for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation by baking and selling delicious treats
By: Alison Larabie Chase
December 17, 2020
Photo: Shaun Vardon / CTV News Ottawa

Like so many Canadians young and old, 8-year-old Sophie George has had enough of the COVID-19 pandemic. She misses hugging her friends and family members, and can’t wait until she can do it again safely. But she wasn’t content with just waiting patiently—inspired by the story of Terry Fox, she wanted to do something tangible to help speed up the end of the crisis. A discussion with her mom led her to a great idea: cupcakes. And not just any cupcakes, but triple-chocolate Oreo cupcakes, each topped with a tiny cookie.

With her mom’s help, Sophie sold boxes of four cupcakes for $10 each, and as of a few days ago has managed to nearly double her initial goal of $1,000, raising an amazing $1,920, which she promptly donated to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. That funding goes straight to health researchers who are working to find treatments and other ways to fight the pandemic.

Sophie says that when the pandemic is over, the first thing she wants to do is “go to my family and give them a huge ginormous hug.”

Source: CTV News, Ottawa Hospital Foundation/Instagram

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