Where are you from?
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
What made you want to go to Haiti?
It was a simple split decision. I was on the train out to Vancouver with my little sister when Misha tweeted the video for Hope 2 Haiti. I had to watch it on the small screen of my cell phone which made my sister laugh but as soon as it ended I looked at her and said “I’m going to Haiti. I’m doing this.” from right there, right that moment, I wanted nothing but to go, to go and DO something. here I was, finally giving myself a goal. I might be young but I have always felt a lack of direction, a bit lost out in the “real world”. I have a job, but it doesn’t make me feel accomplished in anyway, and I’m not in school because I don’t know who I am and what I want yet. but right now, right then, on that train, I feel like I could finally make a difference, like I could do something that helps, not only others in need, but myself as well. going to Haiti will be a life changer. Finally I’m doing something that’s important enough to make me look up and see. people need our help, MY help, and I want nothing more than to give them that help and that hope that we all need. isn’t that what we’re all trying to do?
What are you hoping to take away from this experience?
Everything. I know how much this means to the people of Jacmel and the country as a whole. we may be a small group but our hearts are so full or dreams and hope and love that we want to, need to, make a difference. no matter how small. because to the people its everything and the feeling I get from just thinking about making their lives just a little bit easier, I know that once I’m there, that feeling will stay with me throughout the whole trip and beyond.
How did you approach the task of raising $5,000 in donations?
The 3 B’s: Begging, Begging, Begging. also with a bit of pouting and coercion thrown in. nothing can stop me once I set my mind to it and once people actually know what it is you’re doing, it helps.
What are a few of your best fundraising tips?
Ask everyone. and after you do that, ask again. then go ask someone else. even if you don’t know someone that well and feel awkward asking them to help, not doing it wont get you where you want to be. go. do it. ask.
Can you offer any words of encouragement to those still working towards their fundraising goal?
You are the makers of your own destiny. if you want it, go out there and get it. make it happen.