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July 27, 2011 07:30 ET

Twelve Year-Old Madison Selling Beads of Hope Jewelry to Raise Money for Charities

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2011) -

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At just twelve years of age, Madison Vande Sompel will be among the youngest merchants displaying their wares on the street during the upcoming Taste Of The Danforth festival on Toronto's Greektown strip August 5-7.

She'll also be among the most selfless, since all proceeds from the sale of the jewelry she makes will be donated to two Toronto charities through her Beads Of Hope non-profit organization.

Since starting to make the colourful, bead-based selection of earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and key fobs during Christmas break of last year, she's already raised $750 for the two charities: The Canadian Reconstructive Surgery Foundation ( and Mount Sinai Hospital NICU (

"Of course we're immensely proud of her," says her mother, Stacey, who helps her to run the enterprise. Madison told a reporter that her mother helped her to decide on making and selling the jewelry for charity after she was inspired to make a positive difference in the world by two other young people she learned about at school.

"We were studying about Craig Kielberger and his Free The Children movement he started when he was twelve and about the Ladybug Foundation started by Hannah Taylor," when she was ten, Madison recalled.

"I got inspired and decided I wanted to do something to make the world better myself. After I talked it over with my parents we decided making the jewelry was something that would work so they helped me get it all started and are really supportive."

She spends anywhere from five to thirty hours a week making the jewelry, which she sells for between $3 and $6 each, making it very easy for anyone to support her good work with a purchase.

Since beginning her labours she's participated in public events such as Youth Day, where she had a booth set up to display and sell her products, and also has a counter display set up permanently at an uncle's Danforth shop, Do Bamboo at 764 Danforth Ave. near Jones. She'll be out front of the store with her Beads Of Hope products and literature throughout the Taste Of The Danforth weekend.

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