Teenager hoping to make an impact

Teenager hoping to make an impact

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

The Connolly 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 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 Young Impact100.

�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.

�For your kids to be involved in something where they honestly believe that it�s good to give back is a good thing.�

To be part of the event, email youngimpact100@impact100wa.org.au.