Governor General honouring young sisters for Janeway efforts

Andrew Robinson
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Rachel (left) and Julianne Moss have been selling homemade crafts for three years to support the Janeway Children’s Hospital. Pictured with them is Janeway mascot Sunny Bear.
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Rachel Moss, 9, and her sister Julianne, 7, are surprised their joint effort to raise money for the Janeway Children’s Hospital will be recognized by Queen Elizabeth II’s Canadian representative later this week.

“I don’t really like to talk about it, because we don’t do our project to get awards. We do it to help the sick kids at the Janeway,” said Rachel, a Grade 4 student at Beachy Cove Elementary School in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Both girls will receive a Caring Canadian Award Thursday at the school. Gov. Gen. David Johnston will present the awards and meet with staff and students as part of a two-day visit to Newfoundland and Labra­dor.

The Moss girls have been making  crafts for three years. They sell them at the downtown St. John’s shop Twisted Sisters Boutik and at Costco. They have raised $30,000 for the children’s hospital.

“I broke my leg when I was four, and the doctors and the nurses at the Janeway took really good care of me, and so I wanted to give back,” explains Rachel.

The girls make magnets, clips, Christmas ornaments and pins in the shape of animals, musical instruments, food and other objects. Rachel says puppies and kittens are the most popular items.

Suzette Moss and her husband, Bradley, are thrilled with what their daughters have achieved.

“Myself and my husband are beaming with pride,” said Suzette. “To them, this is just who they are and a part of life now. … They enjoy every second of it.”

According to Suzette, the pair can sell anywhere from $800 to $1,000 worth of product in the span of two hours when they set up a table at Costco.

Four other people will be honoured with Caring Canadian Awards Thursday.

Todd Churchill organized a fundraising event to aid several charities that have helped his young disabled son, by building a backyard rink in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Father Michael Horlick of St. John’s has regularly organized events to recognize Canadian veterans and their families.

George Powell of St. John’s will be recognized for his volunteer work with refugees, newcomers and seniors.

Marie Ryall of St. John’s will be honoured for raising funds to support hospitals.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Grade 4, Beachy Cove Elementary School, Costco

Geographic location: Portugal Cove, Janeway Children, Newfoundland

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