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Linley Harper nominated by Seniors Outreach - Meals On Wheels

Caught  in the Act: Linley Harper

Linley Harper is no stranger to the world of fundraising the eleven year old helps her family in their yearly ‘Give Back’ challenge, organized by her Mom Corry & the families in her day home.  The bake sale held in the family’s front yard has donated to causes around the city most recently Camp Heal-A-Heart. 

Knowing that helping others makes her happy Linley decided to find a new way to help the community. After looking at different ways to recycle plastic grocery bags into other reusable items with her family, Linley made her first skipping rope. She liked it so much she made more and decided the recycled skipping rope would make a great item to raise funds for a good cause.  At the guidance of her parents and their help Linley developed a business plan with the goal to help senior citizens that live on a fixed income by selling skipping ropes made of plastic bags. With the help of her family and friend Neyha she started ‘Every Jump Counts’. The soon to be sixth grader, with permission from the principal, sold the skipping ropes during recess in the foyer of her school, École Montrose.  With support of her classmates Linley sold 80 skipping ropes, keeping 1298 plastic bags being thrown away and raising $245 to help local seniors.

Linley's Business Plan

One of Linley's Skipping Ropes

Linley donated the funds raised to Seniors Outreach – Meals on Wheels, the organization was impressed with the youth’s inventiveness and appreciated her kind donation. Jodi-Rae McIntosh, from Seniors Outreach - Meals on Wheels, shared the following about Linley; “Linley Harper is an amazing 11 year old who had a grand plan.  She collected plastic shopping bags from the public and wove them together to create colourful and functional skipping ropes.  With some help from her mom, she prepared a business plan to bring forward to her school and sold the skipping ropes on the playground (and in the community) for everyone to enjoy! Linley presented the proceeds to Seniors Outreach in person and we were able to see the creative product that she was making for fundraising as well as thank her for her thoughtful contribution to our office.  Her project has kept plastic bags from being thrown away or damaging the environment, created a fun way to raise money, and helped support a program that is incredibly appreciative of this young lady’s ingenuity and motivation.  We think that Linley is really going places with her heart of gold and dedication, and we can’t wait to see what else this bright star can do in the future!”  Linley is unsure if she will carry on ‘Every Jump Counts’ next year, but the youth knows the importance of community and will continue to help others.

The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau would like to thank Linley Harper for her efforts helping our community and for being ‘Caught in the Act’. For more information on Seniors Outreach visit The GPVSB would also like to thank our Caught in the Act sponsor Red Rock Urban BBQ for helping to recognize the great community helpers in our community.

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