Ryan is the grandson of Vic and Beth (Shoveller from Lively ) Hreljac.
He is a young boy, 12 or 13 now, and has appeared on Oprah twice,
received communion from the Pope during his recent 25th
Anniversary celebrations, traveled to Uganda several times as well as
to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, many places in the USA. The reason?
When he was only 6 years old his teacher read his class a story about
how there were many countries where people lived very differently than
we in Canada….in fact that they had no clean, reliable drinking water.
She told the class that for only $70. a good well could be built in
Uganda . So Ryan came home and asked his mother, Susan, for $70. Being
the wise parents that she and her husband Mark Hreljac are they told
Ryan he would have to earn it by doing chores around their home. He
attacked these chores with a vengeance, asked his grandparents Vic and
Beth if he could do chores at their place as well to which they of
course agreed. In a very short time this 6 year-old had raised his $70.
! That was the start.
Thanks to Erna Fex for bringing
this wonderful story to Creighton Revisited.
"Ryan has always
been a very sensitive boy. His parents and those around him have tried to
nurture this characteristic. His grade one teacher, Mrs Prest was able to
inspire Ryan. He decided that raising money for wells for people who
didn't have clean water would be a good thing. He worked for four months
in order to earn his first $70. It grew from the
$70 collected by doing simple household chores, to the support of
non-profit organizations such as WaterCan, CPAR, CIDA and Free the
Children. It grew to over $800,000 in support of people in Africa who need