Dream Plants a Seed in Young Girl's Mind: Nine Year Old Raises $1,455 for HIV/AIDS

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It all began with a dream whose meaning Clara Loweth Reeves, then eight years old, could not fathom.

In Clara's dream more than a year ago, all of her home town Aurora, Ont., had a "market day" where they gave away food, medicines and books in Africa.

Her mother, Jennifer Reeves, put the dream down on paper and gave the letter to their priest, Canon Philip Poole of Trinity church, who shared it with a regional committee, which is raising $1 million for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and HIV/AIDS-related projects in Africa.

The committee invited Clara and her family to attend a Breakfast of Champions, where she met Mr. Lewis, the United Nations Secretary General's special envoy for HW/AIDS in Africa, and heard him speak about the millions of children who have been orphaned by H1V/AIDS.

"We explained to her the situation in Africa and to her it was simple. We have the medicines, they don't. Why the heck can't we help give it to them?" said Ms. Reeves.

The epiphany came when Clara was eating an apple. "I'm going to eat so many apples and I'll take the seeds and sell them or take them to Africa where they can grow and sell them," she announced.

Instead, a local Canadian Tire store gave her 500 seed packets and a family friend later donated 500 packets more.

Each weekend last April and May, Clara brought her seeds and a poster requesting donations. …