Name: Sydney Downes
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Position: Public Relations/Marketing Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues?
In the summer of 2015, I travelled with a team to Haiti where we spent a week travelling the country, providing food to some of the poorest regions in the western hemisphere. This experience taught me that while we may look different or live differently, we are all the same. Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.” It became my understanding that it is our duty, not only as people who have had the privilege to live fortunately, but as human beings to support one another and get involved.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
As a person raised in an affluent community, I was provided privileges that so few people in this world are given. With these privileges, I have been given the opportunity to advocate for those who cannot. I have witnessed how the smallest of actions can have the greatest impact, and I want to do my part in reducing global poverty.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
Outside of volunteering, I love being outside and active, but my greatest talent is napping.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $50: Bake you chocolate chip peanut butter cookies
  2. $200: Be your personal assistant for the day


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