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Youngest finalist at Just Giving Fundraiser of the Year Awards

Six year old Levi on his sponsored walk at Mt. Toubkal. His initiative has attracted enormous positive publicity for Shuktara and in turn the disabled children they support.

In 2015 Choice Support began fundraising for Guria – a disabled child found abandoned on the streets of Kolkata, India – and Shutara, the UK registered charity that supports her and other disabled children in Kolkata.

Since then a string of events including two Dragon Boat races and a sky dive have raised approximately £3,500 (£2,500 pays for a year’s care and education for one child). Choice Support’s Chief Executive Steven Rose has been involved in these efforts, including completing the sky dive. This inspired his grandson, Levi Wheeler-Rose, to start fundraising for Guria himself, completing an 8 mile sponsored walk on Mount Toubkal in Morocco, which raised more than £3,700.  

Choice Support Shuktara Guria showing support for team Levi

Guria and her carers show their support for Levi’s sponsored walk by wearing team Levi T-shirts. 

In recognition of this effort Levi has now been shortlisted in the Just Giving Fundraiser of the Year Awards, in the Young Fundraiser of the Year category. At just six years old, Levi is the youngest finalist by some distance.

Steven says: “In September 2016 I visited Kolkata as I was keen to meet Guria and see first-hand the work of Shuktara. They operate in primitive conditions compared to the UK. However, in spite of this what I witnessed was probably the most compassionate and committed care that I have seen in more than 40 years working in the field. They achieve so much with so little.”

Levi’s nomination for Young Fundraiser of the Year is a great credit to his initiative, and is attracting enormous positive publicity for Shuktara and in turn the disabled children they support. So a vote for Levi helps Shuktara.  

The closing date for your vote is 11th October, you can vote here.

Read about Levi’s sponsored walk here.

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