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Alliana Rempel, a grade three student from Arborg Early Years School, has now officially surpassed her goal of raising $2,000 for the Malala Fund, with her Battle the Bad with Beauty campaign started a little over six months ago.
Rempel, along with her six year old brother Elijah, began selling their original art prints online at http://battlebadwithbeauty.wix.com/battlebadwithbeauty, a fundraising website created and maintained by their father. Over the past half year, the Rempels have sold hundreds of their colorful and inspiring butterfly prints, forest prints and bumper stickers online, as well as fundraising at various local garage sales where they sold lemonade and homemade baking.
Now, Rempel can say ‘mission accomplished’ on her goal of $2000, a substantial donation to Malala Fund, which is a global, non-profit organization led and inspired by Malala Yousafzai to empower girls through quality secondary education. Yousafzai is the Pakistani girl who gained worldwide empathy in 2012 when she was shot by the Taliban for her decision to attend school, and more recently made history on Sept 12 2014 as the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace prize for her fiery advocacy of children’s education.
After six months of hard work selling her butterflies and other merchandise, Rempel is very excited that it took only 6 months for her to reach this goal and plans to continue to fundraise in the future for worthy causes like the Malala fund.
“Across the world many children never get to go to school,” stated a determined Rempel. “I want to help change that!”
Rempel’s mother commented that daughter Alliana has learned a tremendous amount in the past six months about the importance of education and how crucial it is to make sure everyone has access to it. The Battle the Bad with Beauty fundraising campaign, which started six months ago with Alliana’s simple butterfly drawing inspired by the book “I am Malala”, snowballed into fundraising journey of social awareness for the nine year old and her family.
The Rempels wish to thank everyone who saw Alliana’s butterfly as a fluttering symbol of hope for millions of children across the globe who still must fight each day for the basic right to attend school.
In Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN on July 12, 2013 (on her 16th birthday and first public speech after the attack that nearly killed her), she said:
“The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness. Fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born … I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m only here to speak up for the right of education for every child.”