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10-year-old Toronto boy gets overwhelming support.

There's something about kids being resourceful and working toward something they really want that gets you in the feels. Ten-year-old David Hove from Toronto set out to earn enough money to buy himself an Xbox by selling homemade scones. But someone had other plans, and when David went inside to take a quick toilet break, his scone stand was gone. You may be wondering what type of person steals from a little kid, and that's exactly what David wants to know. However, after the story aired on CTV Toronto, the community stepped up to replace the stolen stand.


It's amazing how things are coming back together for David after he was heartbroken by his stand being stolen. Gaming systems are expensive and finding a way to earn money when you're still well under the legal age to work can be tricky. Thankfully, David wasn't out the money he earned before his stand was stolen. Though he's only 10, the little entrepreneur thought to bring the money in the house with him when he went to the bathroom. So while the thief drove away with the stand, cooler and even David's cold bottle of water, he didn't get the money.

After seeing a video of the man loading up David's items, Toronto residents came out to support the pint-sized vendor in a big way. The stand was replaced with a table and there were plenty of hungry customers lined up waiting to buy a scone. One person even brought along a brand new Xbox, the one that David was saving for, nearly bringing him to tears.

But David isn't done with his business venture. He told CTV Toronto that he was now going to save up for a car. I don't know about you but when I was 10, I could barely save up for a pack of gum and this kid is saving up for big-ticket items and he's got the help of his community to support him.

Currently there doesn't seem to be a way to send David and his family well wishes or money to help with his business ventures but it looks like he's getting plenty of customers.

David's father, also named David Hove, told CTV Toronto, “It pains my heart to see my kids going through this. They come up with the initiative to do something hard working for themselves … but it’s teaching them life lessons.” Indeed. No parent wants to see their child upset, but when mishaps or misfortunes happen, parents can only hope that a valuable life lesson is gained.

It would seem that the younger David learned a valuable lesson about life, lemons and lemonade. When he experienced misfortune, he was able to witness the coming together of strangers for a common goal. I'm sure the young businessman would've preferred for his stand to never have been stolen in the first place, but it sure is a sweet ending to a sour start.

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You could say Marine biologist, divemaster and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Erika Woolsey is a bit of a coral reef whisperer, one who brings her passion for ocean science to folks on dry land in a fresh, innovative and fun new way using virtual reality.

Images courtesy of Meta’s Community Voices film series

Her non-profit, The Hydrous, combines science, design, and technology to provide one-of-a-kind experiential education about marine life. In 2018, Hydrous produced “Immerse 360”, a virtual underwater journey through the coral reefs of Palau, with Dr. Woolsey as a guide.

Viewers got to swim with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles while exploring gorgeous aquatic landscapes and learning about the crucial role our oceans play—all from 360° and 3D footage captured by VRTUL 2 underwater storytelling VR cameras.


Hydrous then expanded on the idea to develop two more exciting augmented adventures using Meta Quest 2 technology: “Expedition Palau,” a live event where audiences can share a “synchronized immersive reality experience”, which includes live narration from Woolsey, and “Explore,” a “CGI experience” to enjoy the magic of the ocean at home.


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“I’ve been extremely fortunate to explore and study coral reefs around the world,” Woolsey said, sharing that it was “heartbreaking” to see these important habitats decay so rapidly while the latest scientific reports did not clearly lead to widespread compassionate action.

“How do we care about something we never see or experience?” she reflected. As she discovered, virtual reality would be a powerful solution for eliciting empathy. “VR has the ability to generate presence and agency and make you feel like you’re there. It's that emotional connection that can bridge scientific discovery and public understanding”

The combination of virtual reality and the ocean’s natural breathtaking beauty is, as Woolsey puts it, a “match made in heaven” for getting people more engaged in ocean education. “When you’re floating you can look up and down and all around you…seeing a school of fish surrounding you and reefs in these cathedral-like structures. Rather than watching a video of a scientist, you get to become the scientist.”

Hydrous also has special kits to provide middle school students hands-on learning about ocean life. In addition to a journal, activity cards and a smartphone VR viewer, each kit includes lifelike 3D printed model pieces of a coral reef so that middle school students can try building their own.

These reef models even turn white when temperatures rise inside the aquarium, which mimics the real “bleaching” that corals endure when they die due to higher than normal ocean temperatures. Students really do become scientists as they figure out how to bring color back to their reef.

While it’s true that the health of our oceans affects us all, the growing threats our oceans face—pollution, overfishing, climate change—don’t always affect us on an empathetic level. Through the use of technology, Woolsey has created an innovative way to connect hearts and minds to one of the Earth’s most important resources, which can inspire real and lasting change.

“We can’t bring everybody to the ocean, but we’re finding scalable ways to bring the ocean to everyone.”

To learn more about Hydrous, click here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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