We're bringing today's blog a little closer to home (Australia). I want to introduce you to one of our everyday heroes, Cale.
Do you remember when you were a uni student, do you remember how busy and stressed you were about exams, classes and those jobs you were juggling to get by?. Not to mention how poor you felt because your books and tuition were so expensive! I remember these things all too clearly and that's why I am so impressed and so touched by the time Cale donates to fundraise for BeBenevolent. He also sponsors one of our kids named Janvi.
It's people like Cale that motivate me and inspire me to be a better, kinder, more generous person everyday. Thanks Cale! you're a gem!
Cale Cartledge Giovinazzo
Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm a student at the University of Western Australia, studying mathematics, and I work in hospitality as a kitchenhand. I have a few other commitments outside of my work and study, such as doing community and volunteer work with the Rotaract Club of Subiaco, being involved with clubs on campus, and as of the past few months doing events organising with Be Benevolent. I am currently very interested in languages and language learning, and have been meaning to start studying Mandarin Chinese for quite some time now but due to time and budget constraints have been learning Esperanto (an artificial language invented by a Polish doctor in the late 19th century) for the past few months. I am also beginning work in English tutoring, and plan to start a TESOL qualification at the end of this semester. I also try to involve myself in short-term volunteering commitments as much as possible, and may be doing some mentoring with upper-primary students. I'm obsessed with music and coffee.
In your own words, can you please describe what "being benevolent" means?
I like to think that it means to always help people and to be selfless.
In 50 words or less can you please summarise what Be Benevolent is all about?
Be Benevolent is a not-for-profit that gives low income students in India the opportunity to be empowered by an education that they otherwise wouldn’t have, by giving them access to tutoring, adequate nutrition, extra-curricular programs and enrolling them in schools with good reputations.
What made you want to join the Be Benevolent family and support our cause?
I've always liked the idea of working with smaller charities, because you can see the immediate benefit of the work you are doing, and the administrative costs are very small so you can guarantee that almost all of the money made is going toward the cause. I took up the position as an events organiser because it would allow me to do this, as well as to learn new skills that would be useful when working with other causes and for my future career. I made the decision to sponsor a child because after donating regularly to the make a wish foundation for over a year I found out that only about 50c from ever dollar donated actually ended up granting the wishes of kids with life threatening conditions, so I was looking for a new cause to support and Danielle suggested that I should sponsor a child with BB.
Can you share with us some of the highlights you've experienced since joining our little family?
Being able to learn about how the charity is organised and run, as well as shadowing Danielle when organising the games night which was really invaluable. Seeing videos and updates from the kids at the centre is always a highlight.
How do you see yourself being involved with BeBenevolent in the future?
I would like to continue to fundraise for be Benevolent, even after I graduate next year when I can't really say for sure exactly what I'll be doing and where I will be, I see myself trying to raise money for the centre where I can and raise the profile/spread the philosophy of the charity. I will also continue to sponsor a child.
If you could leave a message for the people reading this, who might not have heard of us before, what would it be?
Its a really fantastic cause that you should be involved in if you believe that every child should have access to an education, and being able to track the progress of the school and the children, and to get to know the amazing people who make everything possible also makes it really worth it.