From today, young people’s philanthropy will be featured more prominently, here on Generosity News.
At the beginning of last month I published a report on Young Philanthropists. Since then, whenever I have come across news items featuring young people’s philanthropic activities I have filed them away for a possible update. However, with time at a premium, and further articles arriving every few days I have decided to start posting them as they appear, rather than waiting for a hypothetical future date. This means that the emphasis of our blog will now shift slightly, and will feature youth activities much more regularly than in the past. This is consistent with my role as a trustee of the Chreda Foundation, which aims to “Inspire the Next Generation”, by highlighting and encouraging young people’s altruistic and charitable involvement in the community. We are reposting this blog regularly, now, on our Facebook page, as well as on Twitter, so it makes sense to reflect the increased interest in youth matters. Meanwhile, other (non-youth) charitable events will continue to be reported here on a fairly regular basis.
And today’s young person is a 9-year-old girl from Gladewater, Texas – Abby Grace Townsend – who paints to raise funds for Castalia’s Cause.
Castalia Baron, aged 7, was diagnosed with leukaemia a year ago, and is receiving chemotherapy. Her cousin, Abby Grace, is seeking to raise $10,000 to help towards the medical expenses. She is doing this by putting her newly-discovered painting skills to work. A month ago she started painting on canvas and ever since has been selling her work via Facebook and at auction. Her paintings have already raised a total of more than $7,000. Her favourite subject at the moment is crosses. Originally she had hoped to raise around $40 for each painting, but her generosity and youthful enthusiasm have inspired purchasers to give considerably more, with some paying up to $600.
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