By Janis Fontaine
The kids competing in the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank aren’t the only youngsters making a big splash in the “help your neighbor” pool.
Colin Wanless, 14, of Boca Raton, is an eighth-grader at Pine Crest Middle School. He started volunteering with Joshua’s Heart Foundation, a charity that fights childhood hunger, in 2009.
With Colin’s hard work, the Miami-based charity expanded to the Boca Raton area in 2015. Colin has helped raise more than $10,000 and feed more than 13,000 people. He also recruited two dozen local kids to join the board that leads the chapter.
In an interview with CBS local news anchor Michele Wright, Colin said, “If we want to make this world a stronger, healthier, happier and better place, we really ought to be helping one another.”
Now Colin’s work has been honored by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which named Colin as an outstanding youth volunteer of 2018. The awards, in their 23rd year, are produced by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.