11-year-old Lois S. from North Carolina has been demonstrating her artistic and entrepreneurial skills raising money for ITF! She designs and makes cups which she sells for $1 each, and has chosen to donate the proceeds to ITF as her personal way of helping save tropical forests.
Early in June, ITF received a mystery donation of £78 from somebody in the United States. The cardholder turned out to be Lois’s mum, who sent a photo and explained what her daughter had been up to. She then passed on a message from Lois herself, who explained that the idea began at school with a project where her group chose to learn about rainforests.
“I was shocked when I found out that over 3 billion trees are cut down every year, and that over 20% of the world’s oxygen comes from rainforests,” Lois says.
When her teacher challenged the class to consider how they could practically address problems facing the biomes they were studying, Lois decided to take the idea a step further.
“We were supposed to do a fake (theoretical) grant proposal to come up with a solution, so I decided to design cups. I hand drew the design for the cups, I sold them at my school, and I am in the process of selling them at my local library and church.” Lois used her own money to put the project into action and have the cups printed.
As well as her grant proposal, Lois also wrote essays and produced presentation slides on the rainforest. “This project was so much fun to do and a blast to learn about. I thought it was fun to strive above.”
Lois is a great creative fundraiser and shows that learning about the natural world can be a big inspiration!