OSS students selling ‘love’ buttons to help combat global poverty

By on February 5, 2014
Kuljeet Wander (left), a Grade 12 student at Osoyoos Secondary School, has started a project to raise funds for a village in India by selling buttons proclaiming love. She is helped by other students of the school's Global Awareness Club and Student Parliament, such as Josie McCullough in Grade 9. (Richard McGuire photo)

Kuljeet Wander (left), a Grade 12 student at Osoyoos Secondary School, has started a project to raise funds for a village in India by selling buttons proclaiming love. She is helped by other students of the school’s Global Awareness Club and Student Parliament, such as Josie McCullough in Grade 9. (Richard McGuire photo)

Some students from Osoyoos Secondary School are urging people to make the world their Valentine as they sell “love” buttons to help a village in India.

Kuljeet Wander, a Grade 12 student who is spearheading the initiative, said the project is part of the school’s Student Parliament and Global Awareness Club.

The buttons make various statements about what love is and they sell for a requested donation of $2 or more.

The students are selling them during lunch hour at the school and plan to set up and sell them at local businesses on weekends.

They had a table at Buy Low Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart on the weekend and they will also be at the local A & W restaurant.

“I want to make a difference in the world,” said Wander. “Doing something small and working your way up.”

The idea and the buttons, she said, came from the non-governmental organization Free the Children. Donors can check off how they want their donation used – for education, clean water and sanitation, health, agriculture and food security or wherever the need is the greatest.

Buttons come with a card that tells how love can change the world.

The students will be adopting a village in India, but they haven’t yet chosen the one they will support, Wander said.

Grade 9 student Josie McCullough, who was helping Wander at the button table Friday, said she is in the Global Awareness Club and was in the Student Parliament previously.

“Kuljeet needed help,” she said. “It’s a good idea.”

The campaign can be found on Facebook by searching for “We Are Love Campaign – Osoyoos.”

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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