Kyle plays with the Dollyloop gang.

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Aviva Community Fund helps fund local projects through votes

For years Phyllis Lisonek has been making dolls. Not your usual run-of-the-mill dolls, but dolls which serve a purpose. Dollyloops Smiles are hand-made dolls which support children and alleviate fears through play therapy. The dolls are most often used and were designed for children who are dealing with medical procedures. The dolls allow them to use play as a way of expressing what they may be feeling. Now Lisonek wants to spread the experience to families for free.

She put an idea forward to Aviva Canada and with the votes coming her way she is onto the second round. The way this works is that people register on the Aviva community fund website and vote for the project they want to receive money from the fund. Lisonek is seeking $150,000 but she needs to get to the semi-finals first.

“I need people voting every day, that’s the way it builds up,” said Lisonek. She said registering is easy and tales a few minutes but once registered it is easy to vote.

“Voting for the second round of the competition ended on Nov. 5. They will announce 30 new semi finalists a few days later. The semi finalists, along with every other idea in the competition, then has the opportunity to build up their votes in round three which begins Nov. 12. and runs to Nov 26. People can then vote daily until Nov. 26. Our points are increased every time people comment on my idea, Share and Like it on Facebook Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I find Facebook is the best way for me to keep people updated on the Status of Dollyloop in the competition. If people would like to join Dollyloop on Facebook they will find my page under Phyllis Dixon Lysionek. Any ideas to help promote Dollyloop in the third round of the competition is more then welcome,” said Lisonek.

The mission statement of Aviva: 2011 marks year three of the Aviva Community Fund – and we’re offering another $1 million to lead, empower and support community initiatives across the country. Whether it’s a project that will help get at-risk youth off the street and back into schools or other ways to extend a helping hand to those in need, the Aviva Community Fund enables all Canadians to not only submit a cause but also become actively involved in making change happen.

For more information go to: www.avivacommunityfund.org