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Twelve-year-old hopes to raise $10,000 for SickKids Foundation

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From left, 2012 celebrity guest Johnny Bower, Thornhill MP Peter Kent, Zachary Winkler and Maya Winkler
Zachary Winkler is hoping that in his bar mitzvah year, his annual Do Something Sweet fundraiser will bring in $10,000 for the SickKids Foundation.
 
Each year, the 12-year-old invites people to visit his Thornhill, Ont. driveway at 81 Ramblewood Lane for cotton candy, inflatable games, face painting and more. Last year, he reached more than $9,000, but he’s hoping that this year he’ll hit his $10,000 goal. 
Over the years, he’s raised almost $30,000 total from his Do Something Sweet fundraisers.
 
He’s hopeful the money he raises will be enough to buy a Snoezelen Therapy Machine, which uses lights, music and pictures to distract patients who are undergoing medical treatments.
 
“With the flick of a switch, the walls are bathed in brilliant colours, the ceiling dances with spaceships and a song echoes through the room,” a SickKids statement explained.
 
Winkler’s seventh annual fundraiser takes place on Nov. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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