Lana’s Easter Sunday Walden Egg Hunt to Help the Homeless

Published:
12:00 p.m. April 2, 2021



A 10-year-old girl from Saffron Walden organizes an Easter Sunday egg hunt to raise money for the homeless.

Lana Halil, who is in Year 5 at St Mary’s School, has struggled recently because she is on the spectrum and lost her sister last year.

Her mother, Suzan Halil, said: “She wanted to help other people, so it gave her focus.”

She added: “It is something that is particularly close to his heart. The homeless are part of the population that has really suffered from Covid.

“It strikes a chord with her when she sees them. They don’t get hot meals, so she seeks to raise funds to cook hot meals for them. It would probably be around Cambridge, unfortunately there is a huge amount of homeless people there.

Lana plans to cook chili with rice and a vegan version with vegetables using funds raised from the egg hunt. She also wants to give hot drinks to the homeless.

The 10-year-old noticed that no egg hunts were planned in the Saffron Walden area and she wanted to change that.

Suzan said: “She was like, ‘what can we do, is there an egg hunt?’ And I said, ‘why don’t you have one?’

She added: “It shows that everyone can make a difference and that’s what she wants to do, and at the same time do something for the community.”

Lana was successful in canvassing local businesses and getting goodies for the egg hunt. There will be a raffle at the event and each ticket will win a prize.

Independent and larger businesses donated for the awards. They include a meal and a bottle of wine, food, coffee and gift vouchers, an electric toothbrush, a glass travel mug.


Lana Halil, 10, organizes an Easter Sunday egg hunt to lift the spirits of the Saffron Walden community and help the homeless
– Credit: Provided by Suzan Halil

The event was advertised on social media and Lana also unfurled people in the city center.

The Egg Hunt is open to everyone in Walden and surrounding areas.

It will take place between 12pm and 3pm on Sheds Lane and Usterdale Road.

Tickets cost £3 and can be paid for via Paypal or on the day.

Email lanaegghunt@gmail.com to book.

Alicia R. Rucker