This is a story about how “Digital connect the world with kindness”.
The distance from Australia to England may be 10,000 miles away but a school bullying incident connected two kids together and attract world appreciation about the power of empathy and kindness. Campbell Remess, a 13-year old boy from Australia who started his not-for-profit organisation, Project 365 to spread his generosity to sickness children by hand making teddy bear with love and support.
7-year old Jak from Telford in England, suffered a head injury and was hospitalised after being bullied by fellow students and hitting his head. His mother shared the story on her Facebook page in 2017, with one of the posts being shared more than 400,000 times. One day, Jak received a hand-made doll by Campbell Remess from Australia. He wanted to make the Hero Bear to let Jak know he was brave.
Campbell saw the post come up and said ‘Oh gosh mum, someone else has been bullied and he wasn’t helped either and look how bad it got. I need to tell him that people will look after him’,” Campbell’s mother, Sonya Whittaker, told the ABC.
Since he was 9, Campbell has been making bears almost every day for the past three years, children far from Barcelona , Paris, Beijing and Pakistan have received Campbell’s teddy bears.
“He brings a real life example of an innovative digital hero who is harnessing the online world of social media for good while raising awareness for meaningful causes,” Hale institute of innovation and research director Toby Trewin said.
His gift to Jak attracted widespread attention since Campbell’s mother made the post and Project 365 by Campbell becomes widely acclaimed across the globe. Now he is well-known as the youngest chief executive of a non-profit organisation in Australia. He explains why he never think of making dolls.
“When I passed my first doll over, it was a nice feeling. And they smiled and that made me feel good. I don’t think I will ever stop doing my project.”
Simply make a Bear Request to Campbell, with funds going to support his work and raise money for charity.
Website: Project 365
Source of Information: ABC News Australia
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