Yaryk Salkiken is raising funds for the SPCA.

8 year old raising funds to help SPCA.

Yaryk Saliken is busking to help save the Trail SPCA.

After 8 year old Yaryk Saliken listened to his Dad read the story from last week’s Castlegar News regarding the future closure of the Trail BCSPCA he decided he needed to do something to help.

So the next morning Yaryk set up a cardboard box, got out his miniature battery-operated keyboard, made a sign and began busking in front of his house on Columbia Ave to raise money to help save the SPCA.

When asked about his motivation, Yaryk replied, “It was probably a good idea. When I heard the Trail animal hospital was going to close down I decided to give them some money. I am trying to keep them from closing down.”

Yaryk has already raised about $70 and has set a goal of reaching $100. He has had support from his older brother Walker as well as his neighbours Joshua and Chanah MacInnis.

Kiki Kaltwasser shared the story with the Castlegar News, “He was sitting in Castlegar right when you enter the city in front of his house with his little keyboard and raising money for the SPCA! We stopped by and made a donation and so he played a song for us. I think this an amazing idea and a great project for such a little kid.”

A very proud Dad, Darryn Saliken, stated, “You give me strength and hope for a more compassionate human race and kinder world.”