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Southridge student raises $3,000 for Syrian children with annual hot-chocolate brew

Ziyana Moledina has found the perfect recipe for helping:

“Cocoa powder, sugar and salt – but just a pinch of salt, otherwise it’s too salty,” the nine-year-old said, listing off ingredients for the homemade hot chocolate that’s helped her raise $3,000 for children and refugees in war-torn countries.

Ziyana Moledina (left) dressed as Supergirl to sell her homemade hot chocolate to trick-or-treaters.

Ziyana Moledina (left) dressed as Supergirl to sell her homemade hot chocolate to trick-or-treaters. (Contributed photo)

Ziyana, in Grade 4 at Southridge School, began her tradition of setting up a hot chocolate stand at the end of her South Surrey driveway every Oct. 31 three years ago.

Her mom, Zehra, recalls Ziyana initially asked to host a summer lemonade stand because she wanted “to raise money for orphans,” but life got busy and the idea never came to fruition.

But Ziyana didn’t give up, and the idea for a hot chocolate stand during prime trick-or-treating hours was born.

“I kept talking about lemonade stand, lemonade stand, lemonade stand,” Ziyana told Peace Arch News last week.

“Now, I’ve been doing this for three years and I’ve raised about $3,000.”

Continue reading at www.peacearchnews.com

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