There are many quotes and sayings about how one person can make a difference. I say them all the time. The truth, however, is that most people don't believe one person can make a difference. It's disheartening to hear who won an election before the polls close while you stand in line to vote. Sad to hear the charity you helped, closed. Defeating when you don't feel like what you did was worth your time. I hear all the time, One person doesn't make a difference and one dollar doesn't help. It's hard to believe something when you don't always see the results.
Here's the truth: One Person Can Make A Difference!
See how one person can make a difference at any age.
Many years ago when I started fund-raising for Wildlife Warriors I was amazed at how many really young children were actively participating and raising a lot of money for the wildlife they wanted to save. They did this because their hero, Steve Irwin, had died and they wanted to carry on his mission. Now, almost nine years later, the majority of these kids, now teenagers, are still going. Over the years a few dollars raised have turned into hundreds, than thousands, than hundreds of thousands. Two of these young ladies I have been privileged to meet and am still inspired by today. These kids have done more before their 18th birthdays then most people will in a lifetime because they each believed one person could make a difference.
A few years back I met a single mom who loved animals. She started taking her son to the local zoos and aquariums at a very young age. This simple act inspired her son's love of animals. He started giving up birthdays and celebrations, asking people instead to donate to his favorite animal, help build exhibits, or adopt an animal for themselves. He and his mom host summer camps to educate children and their parents and give up all their spare time to raise funds for animals. He did this all before his 12th birthday.
Going to university full time seemed to take all my time. I felt bad when my fund-raisers decreased and my volunteer hours were limited. One of my fellow classmates volunteered at the same zoo I do and we became friends. It turned out she volunteers at three places! She did this all while going to school full time and keeping up good grades. I asked how she found the time for those long commutes. Her reply was simple "because it's important to me". She's only 22 years old.
After that meeting I have been lucky enough to get to know her and am proud to say she is my friend.
I love to do themed fund-raisers and for my college graduation I decided to raise money for Sumatran Tigers. Tigers are Julia's favorite animal. She has a genuine passion for them. She not only visits the Australia Zoo tigers regularly but does her best to share the plight of Sumatran Tigers and donate when she can. I made a fund-raising page on my website, and two through Everyday Hero for the Wildlife Warriors Tiger 511 program to celebrate my graduation. I was so busy trying to finish my last classes, I was sad I had not done anything to promote it. Surely, I thought, I would not raise much this way. I had set a goal of $5000. Imagine my surprise when money started rolling in. I had not done much and yet every week more and more people were donating. $5 here, $30 there and more! Julia finally admitted she had been spreading the word across Australia for me. All of her friends, people I had never met, were donating to our cause simply because I made a web page and Julia spread the word. To date we are at $2187.75 raised towards our $5000 goal. Of that amount Julia alone has raised over $1192.00! and she is still going. Sumatran Tigers are in real danger of extinction in the wild within the next decade if we don't do something. If Julia has her way then we will stop this. Start by getting informed. Watch the Documentary series "Tigers About The House" to see the cubs that inspired Julia and all of her friends. It aired on TV in Great Britain and Australia and is coming to Netflix soon in the US. Do some research, ask some questions. If you have a spare $5 donate it. Most importantly, spread the word! It's easy, fast, and free! Because tigers are popular with people, most people think they are being saved. We all need to do our part like Julia does. Check out the Tiger511 tab for more details on how you can help! Julia shows that one person can make a difference at any age.
The common thread between all of these inspiring people is the belief that they alone could make a difference. They didn't stop to think 'am I too old' or 'too young'. They didn't let the fact that they weren't rich stop them. They simply saw that something had to be done and started doing something. They started as one, who told one, who told one, who told one........ These individuals started a chain reaction that is making a positive difference. They may get frustrated, sad, or feel helpless at times, but they never give up. They realize that you may not always see the difference, but you have to keep trying.
One Person Can Make A Difference!
How will you make a difference? We Can All Help, Rebecca