Cooking for a cause: Brooklyn Park boy raises funds for children in Nigeria

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Colby Harrer of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, hosted his third annual pancake breakfast Saturday to raise money for education for children in Nigeria.

Colby, 12, served more than 800 pancakes, 700 sausage and more than 30 pounds of fresh fruit to a crowd of more than 250 people.

"I like making pancakes, so I wanted to do it for a good cause," Colby said.

“As they looked at some of the children in Nigeria and said, ‘how can I help,’ we said ‘well, one way to do it is to raise money.’ So on their own they asked questions and said what can we can do to raise money, and I guess the obvious choice was a pancake breakfast,” said Colby’s dad Brian Harrer.

Colby’s mom said after hours of work and gallons of coffee, Colby and the crew raised several thousand dollars for the cause, with all proceeds going to Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement (BIZAA).

His brothers Quinton and Peyton are also looking to help sponsor a child. The two collected used children's toys and clothing which will be sold at the Just Between Friends Consignment sale.