Tony Truong admits he's 'that friend' who's always nagging everyone about turning off lights and recycling. So instead of birthday presents this year, he asked his "besties" to donate to protect nature in his honour—and raised over $400 for the David Suzuki Foundation.
What moved Tony to decide to transform his enviro-enthusiasm into that other kind of green?
"David Suzuki has always been an amazing role model and inspiration to me," he says. "But I'm hoping that with my efforts along with others like me we can do something world changing!"
Tony was especially moved by these words from David Suzuki's 2009 acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Awards: "...imagine a different world where our wealth is in human relations and the things we do together, and we learn to live in balance with the rest of nature." He used them to set up his fundraising page then put them into action by getting others—such as friend, Danielle Tran, who created clever graphics—involved from the start.
Tired of celebrating milestones and lifecycle event with more stuff? Set up a fundraiser and ask your loved ones to show they care by supporting a cause close to your heart. Come up with your own project or get ideas from other inspirational folks.
Happy birthday Tony! And thanks.