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Sia Sidhu, 12, a student at Colebrook Elementary, is one of Surrey's Top 25 Under 25 winners for 2020, recognized for her fundraising efforts for B.C. Children's Hospital.
A Grade 7 student from Colebrook Elementary is among
Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 winners for 2020, selected by the Surrey Board of
Trade – and she’s well under 25!
Sia Sidhu, who was 11 at the time of her nomination, is the
youngest nominee and winner in the award’s 10-year history, and has been recognized
for her yearly fundraising efforts. Last year, Sia’s Burger Shack raised $9,200
for B.C. Children’s Hospital through burger sales, prize draws and donations.
“It’s kind of shocking how they found me and then chose me
and I won,” said Sidhu. “When they said I won, I was really surprised and kind
of overwhelmed. Like, happy overwhelmed.”
Sidhu started fundraising in 2015 after seeing other girls
running lemonade stands to raise money. She started her own, raising $300 for
the DeltaView Life Enrichment Centre, and then made it an annual event for B.C.
Children’s Hospital, with some inspiration from her brother Aryan, 9.
“When my brother was younger, he had a heart murmur,” said
Sidhu. “He’s better now but I just thought other kids and people with siblings
like that, I thought it would be really cool to help them out.
“As I did more research, I found out some of my cousins had
different diseases like neuromuscular disease and leukemia, so I kind of chose
different ones based on my family to help out other people too.”
Over the years, Sidhu has sold ice cream cones, sundaes and
hot dogs, changing the food theme for some variety. Her latest fundraising
efforts were noticed by the Surrey Board of Trade, who reached out to her
through the administration and Colebrook Elementary and encouraged her to apply
for the award. A few months later, she got the good news.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “I thought they’d just
say, ‘Oh, maybe next year or when you get older.’ It was just kind of crazy.”
Sidhu will be recognized at an online reception for award
winners on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees can register to
watch the reception here: https://business.businessinsurrey.com/events/details/september-10-2020-surrey-s-top-25-under-25-awards-reception-10516