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Young Entrepreneur Series – The Ladybug Foundation

February 2, 2012

“No one should have to eat out of a dumpster

At five years old Hannah Taylor witnessed a man digging through a dumpster on a cold winter day. Shocked and saddened by the fact that he needed to do this to get food, Hannah resovled she would help somehow, someway…

Hannah Taylor was 11 years old when The Ladybug Foundation was invented. At age 11, Hannah Taylor started the Ladybug Foundation to help the homeless. After she saw a man eating out of a garbage can when she was five, she felt very sad – even sick about it. Then she started school, and one day, she saw another homeless person; everything she had was in one grocery cart. She decided to dedicate most of her time helping cure homelessness.

Eventually, she started the Ladybug Foundation to combat homelessness. People can help by making donations, making Ladybug Jars or by ordering Ladybug Foundation scarves. She has been invited by companies, schools, groups and organizations from all over Canada to speak about The Ladybug Foundation, hunger and homelessness and how they can help. She was also awarded a 2007 Brick Award for her dedication to curing homelessness.

National Red Scarf Day – National Red Scarf Day was launched by Hannah on January 31st, 2008, upon the invitation of Senate and the Members of Parliament in Ottawa.

On January 31st, 2011, the “Walked a Mile in Their Shoes” walk for homelessness took place in Winnipeg. Three hundred dedicated people took part in the walk, despite the -30° Celsius temperatures (-22.00° Fahrenheit!). The idea of the walk was to bring awareness to hunger, homelessness and poverty – to walk a mile in the shoes of the people who deal with those conditions and walk those cold streets everyday in the winter. Pledges were made, donations were collected, and red scarves were worn to bring awareness and raise funds for homelessness projects.

It’s possible for all of us to help. Even though ending homelessness seems like a daunting, insurmountable task, we can take strides to end homelessness, poverty and hunger. Spread the word, make a donation, volunteer your time. Hannah makes a point of letting the homeless people she meets know that she cares, that they’re important, that their lives are worth something and that they’re loved. If a young girl can do that, we certainly should be able to.

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