So far, Amanda's Lemonade Stand has raised over $193,000!
 
 

Where I’m going for the next 2 months, I’m going to be totally technology-free! While this is a fairly hard thing to do sometimes, but its often great to take a break from all the Twitter, Facebook, and distractions of the internet! While I’m gone, I’m leaving Joshua (with my mom’s help) in charge, to handle “any and all things lemonade!” Hopefully, my mom will help him blog a little over the summer, so you can look forward to that! I might be able to answer a few emails forwarded to me by my mom occasionally, but I’m trying to detach myself from all of it for the next 2 months!

Thanks so much, and hope you all have a fantastic summer! If you have any questions, or need to get in touch with me (or Joshua, or my mother), feel free to contact us at any time! Also, make sure to put SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 on your calendars as the 16th ANNUAL LEMONADE STAND to fix kids hearts! Can’t wait to see you all there!

 

Come join us for the 16th annual Amanda’s Lemonade Stand for Save a Child’s Heart, Sick Kids Hospital, and Heart and Stroke Foundation, on:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Please put this date on your calendars, and spread the word to all your friends and family!

Help Joshua and I reach $250,000 to fix kids hearts through 3 incredible charities!!!

We are so excited to make this ‘sweet 16′ lemonade stand event the biggest and best one yet!

If you have any questions about the event, or about how to help us and get involved, PLEASE feel free to contact us!!!

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been quite a while, but let’s just say that with the school year coming to a close, final projects, and exams, it’s been pretty crazy around here! But, I thought I should quickly update you on a few things that have happened recently, before I head off to work at an overnight camp for 2 months this summer!

1) I did a TED Talk. Yes, if you can believe it, I gave a TED Talk in Edmonton, Alberta to a group of amazing high school students! It was such an incredible experience, and a truly amazing honour. The YouTube link is below, if you want to check it out!

 

2) THE DATE OF THE 16TH ANNUAL LEMONADE STAND IS HERE!!!

Yes, we have finally decided on the date of the next upcoming lemonade stand! It’s our official ‘Sweet 16′ year of the lemonade stand, and we are more excited than ever for:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

More details and updates will absolutely be coming as the weeks pass, but I thought I should give you a heads up, so you can mark it on your calendars! We can’t wait to see you all there!

If you have any questions on how to get involved with this year’s lemonade stand, please feel free to CONTACT US with your questions, and we’ll be happy to answer them!

 

So, I’ll be heading off to work very soon, but I thought that just before I leave for the summer, I should let you know about those two very exciting things!

Thanks, and have a fantastic summer (maybe even with a little volunteering involved!)

-Amanda

Please watch this great video of Amanda and Joshua recently receiving the Ve’Ahavta Tikun Olam Award!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbT6X2EUwGw

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Joshua and I serving lemonade and cookies at the stand!

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City Councillor Robinson stops by to give Joshua and I a beautiful plaque of honour from the city of Toronto! Thank you so much!

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 MP John Carmichael comes out once again to support us, and also present us with a fantastic award of honour. Thank you so very much for everything!

 

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Joshua and I with the amazing kangaroo from the incredible Bowmanville Zoo! The kangaroo’s name is Jack, and he was one of the highlights of the day! Have you ever heard of a lemonade stand with a kangaroo? I didn’t think so. (Also, just to clear the air, Jack isn’t biting Joshua… he’s smelling him to see if he has any treats!)

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Due to a previous engagement of mine, Joshua went to accept the Ontario Volunteer Service Award on my behalf (best brother ever)!!! As well as receiving a very special award of his own!

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It felt totally surreal. The experience was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before and it was once-in-a-lifetime. I was so incredibly honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20. I admit, the interview process was quite nerve-racking – to talk to a member of the Order of Canada and submit countless applications was definitely an interesting journey in itself. But then the Leadership Summit began, and I was thrust into an unfamiliar environment with 19 other people who knew about as much as me in terms of what was about to happen… so in other words, nothing. I was nervous, I really was and had no idea what to expect. But the one thing I never expected to except was meeting the 19 people who would change my life for the next four days. I seriously cannot talk enough about these guys, I’m still so much in awe and admiration of their amazing accomplishments and also how down-to-earth and personable each of them were. They were just as nervous as I was, but somehow in those four days, we became great friends!

The Leadership Summit included such adventures as visiting the Globe and Mail newspaper (and even sitting in on a top secret editorial meeting), getting a great stress-counselling session at Right Management, participating in Media Training, and learning all about Personal Branding. All of the workshops, guest speakers and presentations were not only informative, but they all so relevant and applicable which is always fantastic!

Then on Thursday morning, came the Awards Breakfast. This was the chance to show off all we had learned during the week (especially in Media Training), in a three-question-interview in front of at least 200 people, talking about what we did to receive the award. And guess what? I was first up to go. It was terrifying. But at the end of the day, I think I did a pretty good job and it was such a relief to finish answering those three questions!

Overall, the Top 20 Under 20 Award experience was once-in-a-lifetime, and it’s one I’ll never ever forget. I’ll always cherish my time with those 19 amazingly accomplished young people, and hope to stay in touch for many years to come!

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(This is a great picture in the newspaper of me, talking about the Top 20 Under 20 Award)