“Children are very privileged here and the more they can understand it, the greater citizens they will be and the greater they will serve their community.”
To see the world through the eyes of a child is a gift. But to see the world through the eyes of a young girl, granting wishes to terminally ill children in Poland and offering hope to young Canadians who’ve experienced violence, is a lesson in empathy and empowerment.
At 11-years-old, Olivia Rybicka-Oliver knows she can make a difference. She knows she has a talent for spinning on ice-skates and she’s determined to use her talent to fundraise for 100 terminally ill children in Poland and also for LOVE (Leave Out Violence), a Halifax-based charity helping youth who’ve been affected by violence.
The bright-eyed, middle-school girl from Hammonds Plains is fundraising to grant 100 wishes before Christmas and attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest spinner on ice-skates. The record was set in 2006 by Russian-born Natalia Kanounnikova at 308 RPM (rotations-per-minute).
“The first time I ever went (back) to Poland, it was a really good experience for me and I just wanted to keep it up and help these children … to grant their wishes before they pass away and make them as happy as I can.”
Here’s Olivia in a slower practice spin during training:
To sponsor Olivia Rybicka-Oliver in raising $150,000 for 100 wishes visit www.oliviaoliver.org. More information about Fundacja Dziecieca Fantazja is found at www.f-df.org. LOVE organization is at www.novascotia.leaveoutviolence.org.