At only five years old, Naomi Titley is one of the youngest philanthropists in the Comox Valley.
The young artist held an art show on the front lawn of her home a couple of weeks ago to raise money for YANA.
“One of my friends (used) YANA, so I just wanted to help out,” said Naomi, when asked why she chose that specific charity. “She was sick.”
You Are Not Alone is a local charity that helps Comox Valley families who need to travel to access medical treatment for their children.
Naomi had a successful show, collecting a total of $850. She said that while the show depleted most of her stock, it was a worthwhile project.
“I’ve been painting for a real long time,” she said. “So I already had a lot of art work. But I painted for another 20 hours to have enough. I drew every single day.
“I had 75 pieces for the show and I ended up with 12 left over. So I sold lots.”
Naomi will be in kindergarten at École Puntledge Park Elementary starting next month. She said she is looking forward to art class.
And what’s her favourite thing to paint?
“Princesses!” she shouted.
The Simon’s Cycle YANA Ride is just around the corner, but there is still time to get involved, either through a pledge, or through participation. The bike ride, which is set for Aug. 16 at Marina Park in Comox, features a variety of loops including a 25 km, 50 or 100 km ride.
There is also a six km family loop and a special run bike race for kids.
For more information, or to register, go to bit.ly/1MWPKBE