Cody is a 9 year old from Edinburgh, who in a short space of time has done a huge amount to raise donations for young people less fortunate than himself.
Cody began Cody’s Xmas Toy Box in October 2016 after finding out his friend wakes up to no toys on Christmas. Cody was inspired to help by boxing 8 matches in a row in return for donations of new toys and gifts. For those that could not donate toys, Cody opened a fundraising page and planned for toys to be bought with the money raised. For the event, Cody trained for 2 hours, 5 days a week whilst also playing football to gain fitness!
In six weeks, Cody raised £12,000 worth of toys which meant over 500 young people could wake up with toys on Christmas morning! Not stopping there, Cody then launched Cody’s Xmas Cycle in November 2017 to cycle 58km from Falkirk to Edinburgh to receive donations for bikes and biking equipment, raising 64 bikes in time for Christmas for children of 2 to teenagers!
Watch Cody share his story below…
Which young Scot inspires you?
My friend Leon, he gave me the idea of doing a boxing event so we raised £12,000 of toys and we helped 500 kids get toys at Christmas.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
It would be Irn Bru and the people. I’ve been to Florida a few times and they always say they love the Scottish accents and the Scottish people.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Not all young people play on the Xbox all day and get in trouble but we’re never too young, and you’re never too old to do one thing to help another person.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
It would probably be my 58k cycle from Falkirk to Edinburgh. We raised 64 bikes for 64 kids who wanted one and whose parents couldn’t afford one.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like every child in Scotland to wake up to 1 or 2 toys at Christmas and to be a world champion boxer.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Treat others as you would like to be treated and if you could do just one thing, the world would be a better place.
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