A born fundraiserI’m fundraising for girls in need all around the world for International Day of the Girl and I really want to raise awareness about how girls are mistreated.
If you think that sounds like the pitch of a seasoned community fundraiser, you’re not wrong. At 10 years old, Billie has been campaigning for Plan International Australia for more than a quarter of her life and she shows no signs of slowing down.
An ABCme program about International Day of the Girl ignited Billie’s passion for girls’ rights when she was just seven years old, and it inspired her to deliver a speech about girls’ rights to her class at school. “My teacher, she really loved it and she sent me and my friend to every class in the school to give that speech!” shares Billies.
After receiving such great feedback, Billie was keen to do something similar the following year for International Day of the Girl, and that was when her mum suggested that she add a community fundraising element to her campaign.
So, Billie set up a raffle at school, and devised a game called ‘Beat the Goalie’ where, for $1, students could test their soccer skills and win a prize if they scored a goal.
“All my schoolmates really liked it and some of them even helped,” shares Billie. “They had a lot of fun while they were fundraising, and they were all really positive about the results too.”
Since that initial school fundraiser, Billie has taken to the wider community, setting up fundraising stalls outside her local Woolworths, her friend’s ballet concert and beyond! She’s even managed to get retail sponsors on board, after reaching out to bookstores and sports shops asking them to donate prizes. All in all, her efforts have seen her raise a total of $2,754 for Plan International Australia.
No matter where life takes this 10-year-old, her passion for girls’ rights is sure to follow, “Girls in the other countries, they can’t speak up, so we have to be the voice for them and we have to fight for them until it’s equal rights for girls as well as boys.”
We can’t wait to see what Billie does next!
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