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Calgary Boy Raises $4,000 for Chile


Steven Brennan, a 5-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, biked 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) to raise money for earthquake survivors in Chile.

“I have seen lots of people raise money for people in Haiti, and I got the idea that I can raise money by biking,” he said. “I want to give it to people in Chile, though, because they also had an earthquake and they also need our help.”

After speaking in his church and school, and sending information to family and friends, word spread, even reaching the Chilean embassy in British Columbia. As a result, Steven easily surpassed his original $500 goal, raising $4,000 for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee’s work in Chile.

On June 22, Steven’s best friend, Maya Taylor, joined him, and the pair biked successfully from their school to where Steven’s dad works in downtown Calgary.

“I felt kind of tired,” said Steven upon completing the trip, “but I was really excited that I made it.”

For more on Steven’s ride and information on CRWRC’s response in Chile, visit

—Kristen Vanderberg

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