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Kids Helping Kids because ‘every child deserves to have a Christmas’


Amy Rutherford

Amy Rutherford  sang You Don’t Know Me and Be Here to Love Me, accompanied by Megan Hutton on keyboard, Caleb Hutton on drums, Jay Rutherford on bass and Chris McMahon on electric guitar.

Kids Helping Kids reached out in song to the County’s CAS Angel Campaign at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. More than a dozen young performers sang and performed favourite music during the sixth annual fundraiser.

“Saturday evening was wonderful, the music was amazing and even though we had a disappointingly low attendance we still raised $800 for the Christmas Angel program,” said organizer Amy Rutherford. “This year was also the first that the Kids Helping Kids Angel tree was empty at the end of the evening, meaning that all the angel tags  brought to the event are children who are going to have Christmas.”

The host and emcees for the evening were Amy Rutherford, Simon Rutherford and Paul Griffin. They thanked the many friends and business sponsors in the community for services and silent auction gifts. All funds raised go to the CAS campaign help children ages 16 and under in Prince Edward County.

“Our special guests were Megan and Caleb Hutton, of Instant Rivalry, who performed their own set plus backed a number of other performers.  We couldn’t have done it without them,” Rutherford added.

Rutherford will be graduating at the end of this semester so  turned over the host reins to Abbie Chapman, inviting her to run the program for the next three years until she graduates.  Amy Sedore, founder of the event, also performed.

“I’ve really loved doing Kids Helping Kids and have been thinking of ways to continue helping the Angel Campaign,” said Rutherford. “At Christmas time there is always room to raise more funds for the campaign because every child deserves to have a Christmas.”

The Prince Edward County CAS Angel Campaign office is located at Benson Hall, Picton. Hours for now are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 613 849 2286.

Susan Rose, Chief Angel with the Children’s Aid Society annual campaign, notes 61 families had registered through the CAS office and Ontario Works before the Angel Office opened. She expects there will be well over 300 children to be looked after this year.

Photos by Phil Norton

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Chris McMahon

Chris McMahon played an original guitar composition and sang Lou Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

Abby Chapman

Abby Chapman sand A Christmas Song

Amy Sedore

Amy Sedore singing A Baby Changes Everything


Cole Norton singing Hey Ho, Gambler

Ben Vandergaast

Ben Vandergaast sang Blinded Eyes, New York State of Mind and Fairytale Endings

Instant Rivalry

Special guests Megan and Caleb Hutton, of Instant Rivalry, sang Wagon Wheel, Winter Wonderland and Everything Has Changed.
Emily Arnold

Emily Arnold sang Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys and The Trailer Song.


Kat Higgins sang New Shoes and Sleeping Sickness accompanied by Megan Hutton and Amy Rutherford on background vocals and Caleb Hutton on guitar.

Emma Woodward sang Whitehorse.

Emma Woodward sang Whitehorse.

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  1. Victoria says:

    It was a wonderful evening and all the performers were top notch. Really this community is full of very talented youth who need more venues for them to perform at. Had a wonderful time being a part of all this these past few years!

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