That’s bright! Boys’ candle sales help Cornwall MS Society

Four boys from Notre-Dame Catholic elementary school in Cornwall, Ont. show off their candles and the money they donated to the local MS Society on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Pictured are Ashton Seguin, 9, Lex Dixon, 8, Charles Descheneaux, 9, and Aiden Tomlinson, 9. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Four boys from a Cornwall French Catholic elementary school have helped out a local charity.

Nine-year-olds Ashton Seguin, Charles Descheneaux, Aiden Tomlinson and 8-year-old Lex Dixon of Notre-Dame school on Fifteenth Street West donated have their fundraising from selling artisan candles. They raised $115 and handed over $57.50 in cash.

The boys put wax paper designs on the outside of the candles and sold them as part of a year-end project called Young Entrepreneurs.

The four said they decided to give some of their proceeds to the MS Society because Lex’s mother is living with the illness. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system and causing fatigue, muscle weakness and problems with the function of various organs. There is no cure.

Emily Palmer, special events assistant with the Cornwall and District Chapter of the MS Society of Canada, says this donation highlights that every little bit helps toward finding a cure.

“I think it’s so important too that these guys are nine years old and to come up with idea to donate to us on their own is really important,” Palmer said.

The next major event for the MS Society is the MS Bike weekend on Aug. 17-18, 2019 when over 500 cyclists will ride a round trip between Ottawa and Cornwall. The event is expected to raise $525,000.

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