A Lumby youth has taken to the Internet to try and make a difference in her community.
Payton Kineshanko, a Grade 7 student, hopes to earn $5,000 for Charles Bloom Secondary through a Vids4Kids video contest focused on volunteering.
“Teaching kids to volunteer is important because if there were not volunteers, our community wouldn’t be as nice as it is and people would just be selfish, which would be sad,” she said.
Using the name Timberwolves, she is competing against 14 videos from across North America. To win, she needs people to vote for her at www.teenagesurvival.com.
“They can go to the website each day, log in with a password and vote each day until June 23,” she said. “It’s that simple. If everyone votes once per day I know it will make a difference, just like volunteering does.”
Mom Sherry Kineshanko is proud of her daughter’s efforts and hopes the North Okanagan will rally behind her.
“She is trying so hard to get the word out and all of the help she can get would be greatly appreciated,” said Sherry.
Payton’s interest in volunteerism may come from the strong example set by the rest of her family.
“My parents both volunteer in our community and Vernon and I see how much they do to help us and others,” she said.
“My Gramma and Papa Luszcz also volunteer, and just recently opened the water park in Lumby they worked so hard for. My Gramma Kineshanko also volunteers so I am surrounded by people in my life that give back to our community to make it better.”