Art from a Young Heart

At Chai Lifeline Canada, every day is filled with inspiration. We are constantly inspired by our Chai Warriors and their families, by our volunteers, by our donors, our runners and cyclists and also, by our dedicated team.

A whole new level of inspiration has been reached throughout COVID-19 as we see the fun and creative ways that people in our community are supporting our families and our work.

In the coming weeks we’re going to be sharing some of the special ways that people are using their time and talents to make a big difference.

It is always heartwarming when people choose to spend their time and energy doing good deeds, but it’s especially heartening when children choose to do it with selfless innocence and goodness.

At the age of six, Charlie started selling his artwork to raise money for the organization. Charlie would showcase his art in his room with small price tags attached, selling initially just to family. But as time passed, more people started buying his art so they too could help raise money for Chai Lifeline. To date, Charlie has been able to raise $7000, his most expensive piece going for $60.

Meet Charlie Assaraf. From a young age, Charlie watched his mom spearhead the Chai Lifeline Montreal fashion show. He saw the good the charity does and how it can bring joy to children with illnesses. So when his mom, Melissa, told him that he was talented at drawing, he decided that he would use his talent to help kids at Chai Lifeline.

At the age of six, Charlie started selling his artwork to raise money for the organization. Charlie would showcase his art in his room with small price tags attached, selling initially just to family. But as time passed, more people started buying his art so they too could help raise money for Chai Lifeline. To date, Charlie has been able to raise $7000, his most expensive piece going for $60.

In addition to selling his drawings, Charlie decided that for his birthday, rather than get a bunch of presents, his friends and family should donate gifts to Chai Lifeline through ECHOage. This has had such a positive impact that his three younger siblings followed suit when it was each of their birthdays. His passion for — and commitment to — the charity has also influenced other family and friends to donate to Chai Lifeline.

Although Charlie is only nine years old, the passion he has for helping other children is incredibly admirable. Even at this young age, he is able to show others that every little bit goes a long way. We can’t wait to see just how far Charlie’s commitment to the children of Chai Lifeline will take him.

Stay tuned on our page for some photos of Charlie’s art!

If Charlie’s story inspired you, consider using ECHOage or GIFTED to party with a purpose at your next celebration and help make a difference!