Donor of the Month: Judy Rhee

This month's Donor of the Month story is about one girl who thought she could make a difference, so she did. Judy Rhee, a junior at University Hill Secondary School, is an incredible young woman who was so inspired after reading Malala Yousafzai's book she started a Girls' Education club at her high school. Through her club she has raised awareness at her school about the challenges facing girls in many developing countries, and also fundraised to keep two students in high school!   Tell us about why you started your club, RoadToSchool: Girls' Education. While reading I Am Malala, I became aware of the fact that not every child in this world had the opportunity to safely attend school. For the first time, I truly realized the urgency of this problem.   I further researched the topic of girls’ education in preparation for a public speaking tournament, wherein I spoke about the need for girls’ education in developing countries. Through this research—reading articles, visiting the websites of non-profit organizations, and viewing documentaries—my interest in the topic of girls’ education grew, and I was prompted to ask myself the question, “What can I do to help?”     What motivated you to fundraise for Sarah & Kavutha? After the opening of RtS, our club was tasked with selecting a charity organization we could donate to. After researching about One Girl Can, I discovered that 100% of donations is spent on girls’ education projects, and that it is locally-based, which would facilitate communication and and help us to connect with the organization; One Girl Can was the perfect organization for RtS.  

Our club members read the sponsorship applications and sponsor letters of high school students Glory, Sarah, and Kavutha. Though our club initially sought to fundraise for all three students, I soon realized that sponsoring two students may in and of itself be a challenge for our club. I learned that Sarah and Kavutha were the oldest of the three students, so I decided to fundraise for the two girls, as I hoped to help them graduate secondary school without delay.

 

How did you raise money?

We had an iTunes cards sale and we received direct donations from the students and staff of our school. Students were also invited to write encouraging messages to Sarah and Kavutha.

Because we were not able to raise enough funds in the three days, however, RtS continued the fundraiser into the summer. Community residents supported our cause through donations and by writing messages. We concluded the RtS Club’s 2018 fundraiser with a wrap-up event (for the residents in our community), in which I held a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session and a bake sale to raise funds for our initiative. This fundraiser was successful thanks to the incredible support of my neighbours, members of the community, and my family.  

 

What message would you share with other high school students in Canada?

My message would be that, if you are interested in an issue that affects someone—or something—and you would like to take action to help alleviate the issue, a fundraiser is an effective tool you can use. It is not difficult to organize and can be prepared in a fairly short amount of time, and if you demonstrate effort, the response is likely to be great. Of course, this does not mean that carrying out an event will be void of problems. But what a fundraiser can do is meaningfully assist you in raising awareness and sharing your ideas, all the while allowing you to make a tangible impact.

 

*RoadtoSchool is a student club at University Hill Secondary School. Visit their website at roadtoschool.weebly.com

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

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$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

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$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

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$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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