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How You Can Change the World for the Price of a Latte

Posted on July 05 2013

I am 23 years old, a “starving student,” if you will, surviving on freelance work and an ever-growing student loan. I drink cheap wine when I can afford to party and my sometimes skewed priorities lead me to fasting for a week in order to afford a pair of J-Brand jeans. I also just raised over $11,000 to build a school in Africa – and you can too.

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Change Heroes is a social enterprise for Good. It’s a business that uses traditional commercial means to attain an end goal of impact, rather than an end goal of profit. Change Heroes, founded by the ever-inspiring Taylor Conroy, utilizes a friend-funding platform that allows people like you and me to raise a bunch of money with our friends in order to fund the building of schools and libraries in developing countries.

For those that know me, it should come as no surprise that the first time I got the idea in my head that I wanted to “build a school” in Africa, my right hand was thoroughly occupied with an over-poured glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. I met Taylor Conroy at a party. Unabashedly, I’ll admit that it was Taylor’s fair-haired handsomeness and statuesque build that inspired me to introduce myself. Even upon learning about his philanthropic ways, his charm might have been a large influencing factor in my eagerness to join his cause.

“I want to build a school!” I told him, with the drunken enthusiasm that only three glasses of a full-bodied red can provide.

However, upon waking up and attempting to drown my hangover in bottomless glasses of water, there remained remnants of a conversation that I couldn’t wash away. A cause that seeped beyond the casualties of a chance encounter, it cozied right up in the consciousness of my mind and began to consume my daily thoughts. I really did want to build a school in Africa.

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As a student, on the brink of post-secondary graduation, capitalizing on an education that has been handed to me on a silver platter since the day I learned how to spell my own name in Kindergarten, I felt a certain conviction to “pay it forward.” Change Heroes enabled me to do that. For $3.33 a day — That’s less than the price of a grande-non-fat-sugar-free-americano-misto at Starbucks — My group of heroes and I were able to raise over $11,000 within three months to build a school in Kenya that will educate 1000 children over 20 years.

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I think it’s important for our generation to realize that just because a lot of us are still students, a lot of us have debts to pay off, and a lot of us are working minimum wage jobs, together we can still make a difference. Let’s face it, if we can afford to drink double-vods-on-the-rocks every weekend, we can afford the price of a coffee a day, and personally, I’ll take changing the world over a hangover any day.

 

If you want to learn more about the cause, or start your own campaign (you should, its both easy and rewarding) then visit: http://www.thechangeheroes.com

 

-Reanne

 

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