Youth Helping Youth
by SO on April 10, 2014 - 2:55pm
In a very recent article published on Canberra Times, a young adult in Australia is doing remarkable efforts to help sick children. James Harrington, who is known by his friends as Jimmy, is a 20 year old who has decided to walk 16,000 km around Australia raising money for The Brainchild Foundation.
He was inspired by a little girl named Emily. Jimmy used to work at a cafe, and nine year old Emily was a regular costumer. She was a happy, kind child who would brighten faces everywhere she went. However, Emily had a brain tumour, and unfortunately passed away. Her inspirational story struck a cord in young Jimmy’s heart. He believed that kids shouldn’t die at such a young age and decided to team up with the foundation and walk around Australia raising money for research.
At the moment the article was written, he had walked a total of 12,500 kilometres and raised over $110,000. Along the way, family members have supported him on his journey, especially his mom. When his 16,000 km walk is over, he hopes to attend University in Brisbane, where The Brainchild Foundation is located and become a counsellor around the area where she first met little Emily.
Hopefully, after his fundraising event is completed, he will continue working with the foundation to create multiple projects. When someone cares as much as he does about a cause, the sky is the limit! (Certainly not a 16,000 km road!)
Original Article: A 16,000 kilometre walk to support sick children
Author: Ian Warden, columnist for The Canberra Times.