BENEFITING: CATALYST FOUNDATION
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.
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 so easy to spread the word about a good cause.