* Photo by Helen Jardine. Making a difference: Shelby Madeiros, seven, and Dakota Lamb, 10, are “happy” to help Haiti’s earthquake victims through the BLING book club, co-founded by Glenn Jones.
* Photo by Helen Jardine. Making a difference: Shelby Madeiros, seven, and Dakota Lamb, 10, are “happy” to help Haiti’s earthquake victims through the BLING book club, co-founded by Glenn Jones.
Kind-hearted children have donated $2,000 to the Haiti relief effort. The youngsters are all members of Bermuda's BLING book club.

Yesterday, Dakota Lamb, 10, and seven-year-old Shelby Madeiros addressed, stamped and posted the club's cheque to singer Wyclef Jean's charity for Haiti earthquake victims.

BLING co-founder Glenn Jones said: "We're trying to use this opportunity to teach the kids that giving to those in need is an empowering experience.

"Our approach was very simplistic. We felt kids were asking themselves, 'What can we do about this?' We wanted to give them a tangible way to help."

More than 500 local children are members of the book club, founded in 2007 by Mr. Jones and radio DJ Thaao Dill.

BLING stands for Books Lead Individuals to New Greatness. The club encourages children to read and engage in intelligent discussion.

Books enjoyed by members include James And The Giant Peach, Matilda, Stuart Little, Hoot, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and The Tale Of Desperaux.

$2,000 for Haiti

BLING chooses a book for members to read and then gathers them together over school breaks to talk about it. It is usually a book that has been made into a movie so the children can watch it at the end.

The $2,000 given to the Haiti appeal came from the charity's own funds.

Mr. Jones said: "We went to Endurance, our title sponsor, and asked them, based on the extraordinary circumstances, if we could use the money for Haiti. They said of course.

"We wanted to teach the kids that those who have lots have a responsibility to give to people in need. In the past we have used money for ourselves and this is the first time we have used it for anything else."

In a message to BLING members on the club' website, Mr. Jones says: "We live in a place where we have so much.

"Because of that good fortune it is our responsibility to help others when we can. This is one of those times.

"As you get older there will be other times to help those less fortunate and I hope you will do it because being blessed with BLING is worth more when you share it with people in need.

"Remember, this $2,000 donation to the people of Haiti is happening because you made a commitment to reading and the BLING book club. Well done.

"Now we want to hear from you. Write a post on this page that starts with these words: 'I am proud to help the people of Haiti because...'

"We'll send your responses to Wyclef and if your post is really good you may get a call from the Thaao Dill morning show."

For more information about BLING visit www.blingbookclub.com.

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