Some chocolate bars, like some hot dogs and all cute kids – are priceless.
Especially when fundraising for a good cause is involved.
Sunjai Anthony Sharma, 5, cinched a Dragon’s Den-worthy deal of a lifetime on Tuesday when he sold Dougie Luv of Dougie Dog Hot Dogs a chocolate bar for $100, proceeds of which go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Proud father Rajan Sharma says his young son regularly sells chocolate bars around Prince George to help out the Children’s Hospital.
“I always take Sunjai with me when I did fundraising – kind of a nice father-son thing we do together.
“When Sunjai was about seven months old, he had to have surgery on his skull because his sutures were still fused. It was a two-hour surgery and he was in hospital for several days. He had to have blood transfusions.”
Ever grateful for the excellent care his son received during his stay in hospital, Sharma says he likes to do his part to help make it a happy ending for other families with a sick child.
“Now whenever I donate blood, I take Sunjai along and I let him know why it’s good to donate blood to help out other people. But no matter how much blood I donate, it seems like it’s never enough to me.”
How did the meeting with Luv come about?
“I work at Save On Foods and we do fundraising for the B.C. Children’s Hospital. I would see Dougie come in to buy ingredients for his hot dogs. So I thought he probably wouldn’t say no when we said: ‘You sell hot dogs for $100, how about buying a chocolate bar for $100?’
“He agreed to meet us at 6 p.m. [Tuesday] at the Canada Games Plaza (where Luv has a food truck).”
Dougie Luv holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive hot dog in the world.
On Wednesday, as agreed, the celebrity pulled out two $50 dollar bills from his pocket and sealed the deal.
And so far, the duo’s fundraising efforts have paid off.
It will be two years in July since the pair embarked on their campaign to raise money for the children’s hospital and their total to date is $7,600 – it was $7,500 before Wednesday’s $100 donation from Luv. As for young Sunjai, he’s becoming a bit of a celebrity himself.
“We are Cougars fans and we went to all the practises. One day one of the Cougar executives asked me to bring Sunjai by for photos and his face ended up on four Cougars tickets. It was funny, the two games that I took him to, both times he ended up with the puck. One came flying over the glass and I caught it and the other was given to him by one of the volunteers. So what are the chances of that?”
You can find the video of the $100 chocolate bar purchase between Luv and Sunjai by following it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/rsn6DgH9Luo