Whether it be two young cousins from Cape Town selling coffee outside their school, an avid hiker from Johannesburg who decided to dedicate climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds, or even three young ladies from America who set a goal to sponsor 150 yoga mats; our activists know how to make things happen! We are so grateful for the support we received from these incredible women in 2016, that we wanted to honour them for their successful Activist Projects.
Hannah and Emma Lea – Learn 2 Learn
Our youngest activists to date, these 12 year old cousins raised a staggering R20 002 for our Nurture an Eco-warrior campaign, exceeding their initial target of R2000 ten times over! The Grade 6 cousins from Mickelfield Primary School in Cape Town raised funds by organising an outdoor run and ride event, selling coffee outside their school and participating in their school market – all the while creating awareness around our Nurture an Eco-Warrior campaign and the value of nature in the lives of children. “Underprivileged children deserve to know about nature and the environment” – wise words from such young eco-activists. See more about Hannah and Emma’s Givengain Activist Project at https://www.givengain.com/activist/155927/projects/12345/
Yageshree Moodley – Climbing Kili to give 1000 Hikes
Yageshree believes that the courage to change and grow stems from our connection to ourselves, each other and the environment. And what better way to nurture that connection than by climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa! Yageshree hiked 77 km through rain forest, moorland and alpine desert. Not only did she summit Kili, but she raised R8 200 through her cause “give 1000 hikes to give 1000 triumphs”. As Yageshree says “In protecting a few children’s natural connection, we empower entire societies to conquer the mountains they have inherited”. You can read about Yageshree’s hike challenge at https://www.givengain.com/ap/give1000hikes/
Gabby Cohen, Tatiana Jessen, Megan Wechter – The Earthchild Project Summer Fundraiser
With the “hope that each child in the program will be able to have their very own mat to practice on, as well as support the continued expansion of The Earthchild Project to bring more yoga classes into more classrooms”, these three young women set out to raise enough funds to sponsor 150 yoga mats – and the result has been amazing – they surpassed their goal by raising R20 700! The colourful yoga mats have been distributed amongst our 8 schools and are already being put to good use. You can view their inspiring video and activist project details here https://www.givengain.com/ap/earthchildproject2016/
Janet runs World Without Wine – an organisation whose goal is to help people to moderate or quit drinking alcohol through workshops, social events, coaching and support groups. Janet encouraged supporters to give up alcohol for the month of January and to donate the money that they saved to Earthchild Project. Her target was to raise enough money to sponsor 100 children for 2016, which she surpassed by R10 000! Check out Janet’s World Without Wine fundraiser at https://www.givengain.com/a/worldwithoutwine/
Being an activist is not limited by age, means, location nor background. It is defined by a passion and a desire to be a part of the change that you want to see in the world. Activists are people who see the need for this change and decide to do something about it. They are driven by hope and a vision for a better future. Activists like Janet, Hannah, Emma, Yageshree, Gabby, Tatiana and Megan are people who believe that they have the power to make a difference and who therefore end up changing the world for the better. We are honoured and blessed to have such inspiring women choose to support Earthchild Project!
If you would like to become an activist through your own fund raiser or crowd-funding event, visit Givengain at https://www.givengain.com/c/earthchildproject/campaigns/. Also, for more tips and info about becoming an Earthchild Activist, visit our advice page at http://earthchildproject.org/fundraise/