Young Philanthropist Raises $7,000 for Campers of Flying Horse Farms

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This Sunday, when 9-year-old Kelli Raque poises at the starting line of Flyathlon, she’ll be smiling for good reason: She has raised more than $7,000 for Flying Horse Farms.

The Galena girl isn’t sick. But she doesn’t think it’s fair that some kids are.

So the soon-to-be-fourth-grader at Columbus Academy has dedicated herself to helping give them the magic of camp.

For the past three years, Kelli has requested that people attending her birthday party skip bringing gifts and instead donate to Flying Horse Farms.

Last year, she registered for Flyathlon—a kids duathlon and teen 5K that benefits camp—and raised more than $1,300 from family and friends.

This year, she and her sister, Rachel, signed up for event with a goal of raising $500 each for a total of $1,000. They surpassed that goal in March, then doubled it to $2,000. And they reached it, making them the top fundraisers in this year’s Flyathlon.

In total, Kelli has raised more than $7,000 for camp—enough to send about three campers to Flying Horse Farms for a week.

“It’s not really fair that I get to run around and play in the summer and other kids don’t,” Kelli said. “I wish all kids could be healthy, but since some aren’t, I’m glad they have camp.”

Flying Horse Farms recently honored Kelli with the 2015 Cheyanne’s Rising Star Award in front of about 125 guests at camp’s annual volunteer recognition event. The award honors a philanthropist younger than 18 who already appreciates the value of community service.

“As a young philanthropist and healthy kiddo, she believes in our mission, and she wants to make a difference in a kid’s life who might have been dealt some bad luck,” said Jenny Bergman, Flying Horse Farms annual fund manager. “She is a hero to our campers and an advocate of our mission.”

Flying Horse Farms is incredibly grateful to count Kelli as part of its camp family.