BENEFITING: CATALYST FOUNDATION
UPDATE: Thanks to Catalyst Foundation's founder Caroline Nguyễn Ticarro-Parker, everyone who donates will get a "HOPE" bracelet if s/he wants! Thank you Caroline!!! Just message me your address (anh@DrAnh.com).
I’m turning the big 3-0 on October 16th and I am super excited! I also want my birthday to mean something. To bring awareness to my favorite charity and to make a difference in the world.
My 30th Birthday Challenge: raise $3,000 for the Catalyst Foundation’s Project Backpack so 12 kids in my homeland of Vietnam have access to education, uniforms, books, and a balanced nutritional meal every day at school for one year.
As many of you know, I have been volunteering with the Catalyst Foundation for the past seven years. I started out volunteering in the summer as a camp counselor for Vietnam Culture Camp, went on an Aid Expedition in August 2012, and have been doing birthday fundraisers for Catalyst for the past few years.
Catalyst is close to my heart because of the important work they do in my home country: building schools and educating children to end the cycle of poverty, stop human trafficking, and bringing water and other much needed resources to severely underserved and abandoned minorities in Vietnam.
Catalyst Foundation's programs WORK. Did you know the first community in Kien Giang that they helped is now completely self-sustaining? In 2007 there were only 37 kids in school, and in 2012 there were 279 kids in school. 90% of the community has new jobs (no longer living in and off of the garbage dump) and with the $5,000 in savings that Catalyst left them, the community matched that amount and use the money for micro loans to each other.
They are already breaking ground to build another community education center in Ninh Thuan, to start the process again and help another community of people who need it.
I was born in Vietnam into poverty and was blessed with the opportunity to come to the United States when I was six years old to create a better life for myself and my family. Because we no longer had to worry about how to get food on the table, I was able to focus on my education. And because I was able to get a good education, I am now able to contribute my talents to society. Now it’s time to give back. It’s time to give the gift of an education to other children in need, and pay it forward.
I know the founder of the Catalyst Foundation personally, and she is a woman who inspires me. It is my wish that for my birthday I can contribute a small piece to the big vision she has for making a difference in this world.
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."—Edward Everett Hale
So here is what I am asking. Help me raise $3,000 for the big 3-0!!! Instead of giving me a gift, give $30, or $300 (or $3,000!), whatever you can, to the Catalyst Foundation—for my 30th birthday. Click DONATE above to give or JOIN THE TEAM to help fundraise with me! Share the page with all of your friends and family. It's easy to spread the word about a good cause.
Thank you for being the Catalyst for HOPE!
UPDATE: When you donate at least $30 you’ll get my new book that’s coming out on Amazon “Green Smoothies for Healing and Detox” for FREE! (Message me anh@DrAnh.com)
UPDATE: When you donate at least $100 you’ll get either a personal medication review and consultation to make sure you are on the LEAST amount of medications and BEST medications for you (or a family member/friend) OR a nutrition review and consultation to help you have MORE energy and mental focus throughout the day. Completed by yours truly, Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Certified Health Coach specializing in chronic conditions and people who have high/borderline cholesterol, valued at $297/consultation! (Also message me anh@DrAnh.com)