WEEK 9 – THE 52 WEEK LOVE PROJECT
Welcome to Week 9 of The 52 Week Love Project. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project will showcase LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
MEET: Jeremi – The Creator of ‘Echo International’
‘It’s something inate in all of us to want to help each other. We just need to tap into it. That’s what I did. And I haven’t stopped since.’
‘Bit by bit, person by person we can make a huge difference.’
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
‘In 2013 I found my self on the border of Thailand and Burma with a local woman named ‘Madavee’ who showed me the daily struggle that displaced people were enduring due to a 70 year old civil war inside Burma. I spent 6 months living in jungle villages gathering knowledge and forging relationship with the Karen people of eastern Burma. These people live with no identity in the mountainous regions of Thailand and Burma and also stuffed into deteriorating refugee camps.’
WHAT DO YOU DO?
‘On my return to Australia I did a few fundraiser’s with friends and found it was easy to help people. Through fundraising we sent kids to university, assisted them to obtain citizenship’s, aided numerous people for emergency medical treatment and also monthly support for several borderline families.
We are all human beings, and like everyone else have the power within us to help. We really felt this, then it snowballed into the founding of ‘Echo International Aid’ as a charity. We continue to aid displaced people around the world today.’
Bit by bit, person by person we can make a huge difference.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
‘It’s something I believe is inate in all of us to want to help each other. We just need to tap into it. That’s what I did. And I haven’t stopped since.’
HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?
‘Tell yourself you “can” do it rather than I “can’t”. That’s what I do. It’s not that simple but with persistence it will get you through.’
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
‘Be a doer. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Follow what is truly in your heart. I went against the grain and it wasn’t easy but all I did was get out there and actually do something. Take action.’
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
‘Wake up everyday to be the best person to yourself so you can be the best to others.’
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I am a mechanic by trade. I have dabbled in online business and manufacturing. I believe I can do anything I put my heart into. Mind only helps with the small details.
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?
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