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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow boy inspired to help others

A SELFLESS Barrow boy who has organised fundraising to help poorer families across the world has been nominated to be an Evening Mail Christmas Star.

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thinking of others Christmas Star nominee Callum Vacca, of Barrow who organised a sponsored charity cycle ride, with his mum Jenny Cutcliffe JON GRANGER REF: 50056618B001

Callum Vacca is just seven but he has said he wants to help “poor families not be poor anymore”.

The Barrow lad helped his mum, Jenny Cutcliffe, fill shoeboxes with toys and toiletries to support Operation Christmas Child which sends gifts out to children in countries such as Albania and Rwanda.

This inspired Callum to do more to help poorer children and families overseas.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School pupil decided to raise money for the Send a Cow charity which helps African farmers grow enough food to feed their families, sell their produce and develop small businesses that last. Callum organised a 10-mile sponsored bike ride, from his home in Roose, Barrow, to Roa Island and back.

He got his four-year-old brother Zac involved and also enlisted the help of two of his friends.

The bike ride took place on Sunday and Callum has raised £250, with more money being raised by the other children who took part.

Callum was put forward to be one of our Christmas Stars by his grandma Gill Grierson, of Ireleth, who said: “Callum was inspired to help the poor at Christmas. Because he is so lucky he decided to raise money by doing a sponsored bike ride with his brother Zac.”

His family say Callum is very considerate of others.

The Evening Mail has teamed up with Heath’s Toymaster in Barrow to find the area’s most inspirational boy and girl who have shown great courage or selflessness.

Our Christmas Stars will win a visit from Father Christmas, along with a host of festive gifts.

Christmas Stars nominations are open to children up to the age of 13.

To nominate a child, fill in the coupon above and send it to Natalie Chapples, Christmas Stars, North-West Evening Mail, Abbey Road, Barrow. Alternatively, visit the Evening Mail homepage at www.nwemail.co.uk, to access the online form. Entries close on December 13.

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