Forever New is very proud to support the YGAP 5cent campaign, supporting young survivors of severe human rights abuse in Cambodia. We have placed collection tins in our stores and encourage our customers to donate their change. We will also donate five cents for every like, comment or share we receive on our 5cent campaign social media posts. Click here to help us reach our goal of 200,000 likes, comments & shares.
We spoke to the lovely Scherri Lee Biggs, YGAP 5cent ambassador (and former Miss Universe Australia) about the campaign.
How did you get involved with YGAP (Y-Generation against poverty)?
I first became involved with YGAP last year when they approached me to join the team as an ambassador. I’d heard great things about YGAP and the idea of the 5cent campaign really clicked with me. It was so simple for people to become involved and donate. Their chosen projects were things I truly cared about and the team are FANTASTIC! How could I pass it up? Having fun while donating my time!
Tell us about any special experiences you have had being involved with YGAP and this campaign.
This year I hope to be involved in seeing where the funds raised go by taking part in one of the projects. So far, the special moments are seeing people band together, fundraising and donating. Then to see that final figure at the end of the campaign, knowing so many people contributed. It reaffirms in my mind that Aussies are giving people.
In your mind, what makes the 5cent campaign so amazing?
I love the idea of this campaign. There are SO MANY 5 cent coins around and considered so useless in our day to day life. Most wouldn’t even bend down to pick it up if accidentally dropped. But when the coins are collected and counted, with people not feeling like they’ve parted with a great deal, the money raised is so useful to the featured projects, it’s a win for everyone! It’s so simple and easy to help out and that’s what I love about it.
As a member of Generation Y, what is the most important thing to teach young people in Australia in relation to global issues?
I think it’s so important for Gen Y in Australia to appreciate that most of us live a privileged life and that it’s important for us to give back. Every young person in some way or another should take the time to donate their time, hold a fundraiser or help out with funding themselves. It’s easy to be caught up in everyday life and forget what’s going on outside of our own lives.