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Day 103: One Gen Y is Changing the World on Child at a Time

This past fall I participated in an event called the Chef’s Challenge for a Cure. I asked everyone in my life to donate to my fundraising efforts for Women’s Cancer Research. Old friends and colleges came out of no where to support me. Together we raised over $7300.

One of those supporters and a dear friend is a gentleman by the name of Hart Melvin. Hart owns this little gelato ice-cream company called Gelato Fresco. If you aren’t familiar with Gelato Fresco you are missing out on one of the most wonderful treats you could ever provide for your mouth. It’s not such a little company either. You can get Gelato Fresco ice-cream is in just about any grocery store. Hart made a generous contribution to my cause and told me about a project that his 17 year old daughter had created, Tinley’s Aid.

I was so amazed by what this high school student is doing I have made Tinley’s Aid Day 3 of 10 days of giving $10.00 each day. $10 can impact the world if you just take a look.

Day 103: Give 103

Tinley’s Aid was started by Tinley Melvin at the age of 17. She had travel to Gangtok, Sikkim India to meet some of her relatives and on her journey her life change forever. She spent 2 months volunteering at an orphanage called Lepcha Cottage where 100 children live. They are between the ages of 3 – 10. This experience impacted her life so profoundly when it was time to return home she knew she had to do something to help the orphanage.

When I first read Tinley’s site and her mission I was so impressed that at the age of 17 she was taking her time and energy to create change in the world, to make a positive impact on these children on the other side of the world. There are many things I did when I was 17, but traveling to India to volunteer at an orphanage and then return home to continue that work was not one of them. What were you doing to change the world at age 17?

For just $10 Tinley can help the children at the orphange in a number of ways:

$0.50 buys a notebook for school work and drawing
$1.00 buys a pair of rubber sandals for to protect the children’s feet
$4.00 buys a warm sweater for cool days and cold nights

I am happy for Tinley to use the money in any way she feels appropriate for the children. Her passion and commitment to these children shines through and I feel honoured I am able to help support such a worthy cause. Tinley is a younge adult we should all be watching as she is already changing the world.

Thank you Tinley, for setting an example for other students and adults to follow. If you think you can’t do anything to help in this world because of your age or income think again. Tinley has reminded us we can all do something. If you have $10 you can GIVE consider Tinley’s Aid. We need to encourage and support the future generation of givers.

Time Commitment: 3 minutes to complete an online donation

Cost $10.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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