AUDREY KIM (8 years old)
- Founder of AUDREY4CARE
“AUDREY4CARE-Care 4 Animals, Respect 4 the Earth” is a project that I started when I was 6 years old after reading a book about oil spills which made a great impact on my understanding of the responsibility in protecting the ocean mammals and environment. This project is an initiative that increases public awareness of the importance of “CARE” through communication and taking actions.
In the summer of 2016, I wrote a letter to a former President Obama to share my concerns about oil spills’ negative effects on the environment and received a very inspiring letter back from him. It encouraged me to start my own fundraising site and have raised over $3400. To bring awareness to my local community regarding “CARE”, I have donated birthdays and made more than 1000 paper roses and natural soy candles to hand out for free. My story was introduced on TV, radio, and national and local newspapers.
My continued interests in making others aware of “CARE” led to an expansion of the project. I asked my classmates to join me for beach clean-up activities and raised funds to donate to Pacific Marine Mammal Center as a class project. I have volunteered to display my works that showed “CARE” at a local library. I also have worked closely to Korean-American community, and spoke to Korean American Business Forum(KABF) regarding “CARE”. I have been creating weekly videos highlighting endangered animals and current environment news, which have been used as educational videos in different schools in my local community.
AUDREY4CARE has not only generated interests among young people about “CARE”, but also inspired grown-ups to get motivated to “CARE”. Long-term goals of the AUDREY4CARE are to promote environmental awareness and encourage appropriate public involvement to treat the earth with respect, ultimately ensuring a healthy planet for future generations.