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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 clean water."



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