Walnut Grove grad’s charity gets a boost at WE Day Vancouver
November 19, 2019
In front of a packed house at Rogers Arena, Brady Lumsden took the stage to speak to roughly 20,000 students from all over the province as part of WE Day Vancouver. Lumsden, a recent Walnut Grove grad, talked about the initiative he started Weekend Fuelbag.
He shared the mission of the youth-led charity.
“Weekend Fuelbag is a youth-run organization with the goal of providing malnourished students food on the weekend. Everyday, roughly 20 percent of students in BC are showing up to school hungry,” said Lumsden.
He explained to his peers how the social enterprise, which has proven to be successful, was ignited by his personal connection to a social issue: hunger.
“My friend was in that situation, so my cousins and I decided to help. We raised money to buy food and see how many people we could support. Over the course of three years, the Weekend Fuelbag was able to raise over $115,000 in food and money donations. And with that we were able to provide 35,000 meals to those in need.”
WE Day organizers acknowledged Lumsden for supporting the need in the community and they even had a surprise for him. To encourage him on his ongoing efforts, the local media-giant Pattison has put his social venture on a billboard as a way to continue raise awareness of the cause.
The billboard reads:
Change a hunger for food into a hunger for learning
Learn more at weekendfuelbag.ca
Langley School District is so grateful to have youth like Brady Lumsden in our community. Congratulations and thank you for helping contribute to an innovative, inspiring and unified learning community.