Young giv­ing back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By LAURA POND

TEENAGER Jake Bur­ton started fundrais­ing for char­ity when he was five and is now en­cour­ag­ing other young peo­ple to do the same.

The 16-year-old is a com­mit­tee mem­ber of YoungIm­pact100 WA, which holds an an­nual event for chil­dren aged six to 18 to raise money for a WA-based char­ity.

Chil­dren are asked to take along $100 on the day and vote for the char­ity they want to re­ceive the pooled funds.

Jake and four other com­mit­tee mem­bers, all aged 12, are heav­ily in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the Au­gust 16 event in Crawley and are re­spon­si­ble for pre­sent­ing a pitch on be­half of their cho­sen char­ity.

“We get to choose which char­ity we’re do­ing, we get to plan how we’re go­ing to present our char­ity, we get to plan the event, we look af­ter try­ing to ac­tu­ally get peo­ple to do­nate,” he said.

“It’s about young peo­ple do­ing it for young peo­ple.”

As a type 1 di­a­betic, Jake has been an ac­tive fundraiser for Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion.

“I did about 12 to 13 years of fundrais­ing for ju­ve­nile di­a­betes and then I thought, ‘Well, there’s other wor­thy char­i­ties out there so why not get in­volved in some­thing that fo­cuses on other peo­ple, not just ju­ve­nile di­a­betes?’” he said.

“It’s good to know that I’m help­ing other peo­ple and I can be part of a young group that’s do­ing some­thing re­ally awe­some. There’s not re­ally much bet­ter that you can teach younger peo­ple than to give back.”

Last year’s YoungIm­pact100 event raised $3225 for Youth Home­less­ness Mat­ters Day and this year’s aim is for at least $4000.

Jake’s mother Julie said her son had achieved a lot through his ad­vo­cacy of char­i­ties, in­clud­ing meet­ing with then Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard and vis­it­ing Fed­eral Par­lia­ment, and was proud of his in­volve­ment with the char­ity.

“You try to teach your kids that the more you can help peo­ple, the bet­ter it is and this is just such a good con­cept for them to do that,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d441600

Jake Bur­ton and his dog Bella. To be part of Jake’s fundrais­ing event, email youngim­pact100@ im­

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