How One Dollar Can Change The World
Upon turning 21, Griffith student Ebony Hindle launched a year-long campaign to raise $21,000 for an important cause. With her 22nd birthday fast approaching, she is calling on the Griffith community to help make her #unigoals come true. Social Media reporter Brent Row speaks to Ebony about charity, social justice and how to make a difference.
For many students, turning 21 is a time to celebrate. For Ebony Hindle, a Government and International Relations student at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, it was an opportunity to take action.
Instead of partying and receiving gifts from friends and family, Ebony launched a year-long campaign to raise $21,000 for A21, a charity focusing on ending the global human trafficking trade.
“I had a dream in my heart for quite a while. I went to Thailand and saw human trafficking, and people who were trafficked, and it affirmed that dream for my 21st birthday,” says Ebony.
However, with the campaign year nearing completion, Ebony is harnessing the power and generosity of the community to reach her $21,000 goal, seeking donations of just $1 in an effort to engage and involve as many people as possible.
“We need to do this together, because I cannot come up with $21,000 alone,” she says. “All I can do is share the word. Either that or meet 21,000 people so that everyone can contribute $1.
“We can go to a business and get $21,000, but the fact that people come together and make a stand is more powerful.”
While Ebony says the most difficult part of the campaign was taking the first step, she is now urging every member of the Griffith community to become active and join her.
Money raised will go towards tackling structural problems associated with human trafficking, such as lack of education and support for survivors.
“You can’t just rescue one girl. There is a lack of education; a lack of prevention. And you can’t just rescue everyone. You need to be doing a lot of things to accomplish that,” says Ebony.
“I’m practising what I preach. I’m putting it into action. If we think we should be helping these people, we can actually do it. It’s simple, and we can all be a part of it.
“We can’t just like a photo on Facebook. Liking and sharing is good; it is support. But we actually have to act. The power is in one dollar.”
To donate to Ebony’s campaign, visit www.onedollarworldchanger.com