To Parents

Dear Parents,

My 13-year-old daughter, Morgan, (a Cadette Girl Scout) is organizing her fifth annual KIDS ONLY Run/Walk for Charity (the charity of your childs’ choice) on SUNDAY, May 17th, 2015, 1-2 p.m. @ the High School Track in Whitewater, WI. Open to all kids. You don’t have to live in Whitewater.

Morgan is challenging kids at an early age to stop and look at the world around them. She is giving kids an opportunity to help anyone or anything in this world & it doesn’t matter what it is.  Each child is different and they each should have an opportunity to have an opinion about what they are interested in – even at age 5, or age 6, or beyond. Morgan wants to help young kids realize that it doesn’t matter how old you are… Even Kids can make a difference in this world!

It’s okay to be a kid… but it’s also okay, even at a young age, to be empathetic, a good citizen, and to learn to “give” instead of only receive. “Giving” and “helping” feels good too – and – it can be fun!

Please consider this unique event opportunity for your child. The benefits far outweigh the work involved. Yes, it does require a bit of parent involvement if you allow your child to approach strangers and/or neighbors for charity donations (which is optional). Please keep your child safe and always accompany them if they choose to approach people in their neighborhood.

This event allows your child to be “themselves”, to be exactly who they are and choose something that interests them. If the idea of fundraising for a charity is a new concept, it gives your child an opportunity to pick anyone/anything/anywhere in the world – to help. There are so many choices – and choosing something local is OKAY 🙂

“Doing Good” for someone else “Feels Good”. Having ultimate control over your final choice is motivating to do an even better job.

Help me say “thank you” to a little girl for all of her efforts in organizing this event… for a fourth year in a row. An event that most adults wouldn’t take on. What better way to say “thank you” than with a huge turn out and lots of participation. 🙂 Thanks for your consideration and please share this with your local and surrounding area friends. By the way, you don’t need to live in Whitewater to participate.

Make it educational. Do a little research with your child. Charity options can range from: adopting a shark, to local charities, to helping fight cancer . . . and everything in between. We’re not asking that kids raise millions, we’d just like them to try & have fun! Make a charity choice, register, do a little fundraising and then join us on May 17th. The number of laps the child does on May 17th (in one hour) determines the amount of money they collect from family and friends after the event. All money raised can then be mailed by your right to your charity choice. We won’t collect any of the money you raised. We’d love it if you could email the total amount raised to:

This event is open to kids ages 5-17. Event preregistration is appreciated and you can register here. Look for the Run/Walk link in the menu for more information. A number of local business have stepped up and will be providing some snacks, drink and various vouchers for goods and services around town. Reason being: to say “thank you” to the kids who participate…. but we need to know that you’re coming (and soon) 🙂 So please register so we are sure to have enough snacks and goody bags for all the kids. We will also be giving additional prizes for things like – “top fundraiser” & maybe for “the kid who had the most fun”.

A few additional benefits allows each child participant to: Have fun with friends. Set goals. Work on people skills. Become strong & confident. & Make a difference! Every little bit helps.

Did I mention EXERCISE is involved?!?! 🙂

Once again, we’re not expecting kids to raise MILLIONS… we’d just like them to TRY. Even $5 will help. Having fun is the most important part! If we can show kids that they can “have fun” while “doing good” we are bound to convince them to give it a try again someday… or for the rest of their lives.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and thanks for your consideration!

Parents: Still need a little help assisting your child with an appropriate charity choice?

  • What does your child currently have a passion for? Here are a few examples: a specific animal, a period of time in history, a specific country
  • What topic at school has your child shown interest in or really enjoyed learning about? Example: Space or exploration
  • Do you have a family member or friend who is sick (and your child has shown and interest in helping in some way)? Example: Find a charity that relates to the illness
  • Have you volunteered in your community and your child enjoyed helping? Example: Salvation Army bell ringing

Make it educational. Research the animal, school topic… or whatever it may be that your child is interested in. See if there is a charity that supports that topic.

Example: My son is very interested in sharks. Together we found a charity which works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. This charity’s vision is a world where sharks thrive within a globally healthy marine ecosystem. To make it more interesting, this charity allows you to ADOPT-A-SHARK. You can adopt either a Basking, a White or a Whale shark – to support shark research and conservation. Last year, my son had a goal to adopt a Great White Shark. He raised enough money to do so, and he named his shark BOB. This year, he hopes to adopt a brother for BOB 🙂

Thanks for your consideration!


Maggie Radaj