Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jeneece Edroff is Changing Our World!

Young philanthropist honoured

Jeneece Edroff lights the Olympic torch in 2010

A Victoria teenager diagnosed at three with the debilitating genetic disease neurofibromatosis type 1 has been honoured with the 2012 Changing Our World/Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

The award recognizes extraordinary service to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

Edroff will received the award next March at an International Fundraising Conference of Fundraising in Vancouver.

Her career in fundraising began when she was seven and launched a penny drive  to support Variety, the children's charity which paid for much of her medical treatment.

Edroff is currently working with others to raise $5.5 million to build Jeneece Place, a home away from home similar to Canucks Plance which helps families whose children are undergoing medical treatment in Victoria.

Edroff's efforts, say Victoria media personality Bruce Williams, were the main reason that 95 per cent of the funds for Jeneece Place were raised in less than 14 months!

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