Teens Help Out: How Some High School
Helped HDF Make a Difference
Teenagers are an oftentimes an overlooked but incredibly powerful part of the
philanthropic community. A perfect example of young people using their passion
for a worthy cause is the $1000 donation raised by the Key Club of Osbourn Park
High School, Virginia, to support the Human Development Foundation’s earthquake
After the tragic earthquake of that struck northern Pakistan on October 8th
of 2005, the students of Osbourn Park decided they wanted to make a difference.
Under the leadership of freshman Qasim Kazmi, they embarked on an inventive
and effective fundraising campaign. Modeled after the incredibly successful
LiveStrong bracelet campaign, students designed and produced 1000 green bracelets
that read “Earthquake Relief”. The bracelets were sold for $1 each
and allowed each student to demonstrate his support for the relief efforts and
the Pakistani community.
LeAnne Beardsley, a Language Arts teacher at Osbourn Park High School, stressed
Qasim’s role in researching and implementing this project. He wrote the
initial proposal, researched charities and organized the production of the bracelets.
He then organized a sub-committee of approximately over 60 students who, with
the additional support of the local Kiwanis club, sold the bracelets to their
friends and family.
After researching several different charities working in Pakistan, the committee
decided to donate the money to the Human Development Foundation. The club researched
other philanthropic organizations, but decided on the Human Development Foundation
because of its strong ties to the Pakistani community and partnerships with
other Non-Governmental Organizations.
When asked if he had any advice for other students interested in fundraising,
Qasim said “Make your proposal informative and personal. First start with
what you want to raise money for then include why.” He also stressed the
importance of quality research and communicating the legitimacy of your cause.
“This is just another example of how people working together can accomplish
so much,” said Bill Breedlove, HDF’s Executive Director. “We
are very proud of the effort Qasim and these students have put into this project
and hope others will be as inspired as we are.”
Date/Time Last Modified: 9/5/2006 8:35:38 AM
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