Bookmarks help provide relief for Nigeria, Haiti

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE - Some homemade bookmarks are proving to be big sellers in the city.
Last year, Grade 2 Greenfield Elementary student Elexis Profit-Jeffery was inspired by a presentation at her school about the need for clean water in Nigeria, Africa.
With the help of her sister, Elise, and mom, Sherra, the seven-year-old made hundreds of bookmarkers that were sold to aid children in Nigeria's schools.

Elexis Profit-Jeffery, left, and her sister Elise were able to give the Summerside Rotary Club a big donation by selling a small item over the past several months. The sisters presented the club with $900 in funds they raised by making and selling bookmar

SUMMERSIDE - Some homemade bookmarks are proving to be big sellers in the city.
Last year, Grade 2 Greenfield Elementary student Elexis Profit-Jeffery was inspired by a presentation at her school about the need for clean water in Nigeria, Africa.
With the help of her sister, Elise, and mom, Sherra, the seven-year-old made hundreds of bookmarkers that were sold to aid children in Nigeria's schools.
"They don't have much stuff over there and they need water for their schools," said Elexis. "I didn't really realize what it was like there. I was surprised."
Dubbed "Ropes for Hope", the bookmarks sold for $3 each or two for $5.
Since last spring the family managed to sell enough to donate $900 for the Nigerian water wells and $350 for relief efforts in Haiti.
Elexis, Elise and Sherra were on hand at Tuesday morning's Summerside Rotary Club meeting to hand over the money they raised.
It was Sherra's connections with Rotarian Derek Key - who travelled to Nigeria twice to help build water wells - that made the donation possible.
"I told Elexis, if you want to do something for Nigeria I know a guy who can help us get the money there," said Sherra. "We had a couple yard sales to sell the bookmarkers. Usually people dicker you down in price at yard sales, but once they saw the signs that it was a fundraiser for Africa, people were giving more than we were asking."
The family made the page-markers to order and have made "a lot" over the past several months. The markers even seem to be making the rounds as gifts.
"I saw one girl in my class with one in her book the other day," said Grade 7 SIS student Elise. "She didn't know where it came from."
Sherra said she and the girls would likely continue making the bookmarks if they can assist further relief efforts.
Rotarian Arthur Davies said Elexis' example shows anyone can do their part to help.
"Kids see kids for what they are and this is an opportunity for them to help one another," said Davies. "The children in Nigeria were so excited to know kids in other countries care about them. They can't believe people would go all that way just for them."

sbrun@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Summerside Rotary Club

Geographic location: Nigeria, Haiti, Africa SUMMERSIDE

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  • Excellent
    June 21, 2010 - 19:07

    That's a nice initiative--great work. These kinds of action seem to set off other good undertakings by other young people as well, so the benefits tend to spread.