Samuel Weavers - Westfield Local Heroes 2020
12-year-old fundraising star
Childhood Cancer Association
Dedicated. Altruistic. Inspiring.
At just 12, Sam Weavers has his own successful online popcorn business, Sam’s Popcorn.
Sam also wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives, so he used his business as a base for a fundraising program called Kids4Kids.
Sam works with other children to sell fundraising popcorn pails, and the profits go to the Childhood Cancer Association. The association offers counselling, financial and other support to children with cancer and their families.
Kids4Kids has donated nearly $10,000 since 2018.
Sam visits as many schools as possible to talk to about the fabulous work of the Childhood Cancer Association, inspiring students to pitch in and to encourage their teachers, parents and friends to do the same.
“I have inspired thousands of children my age,” Sam says.
It has taken a lot of courage for Sam to get out there as he was initially nervous about speaking to large groups of people.
When he started Kids4Kids, he also had to convince people he was a legitimate fundraiser.
“This made me work harder to show people I was reliable and professional,” Sam says.
“In some cases, people who were initially reluctant have become some of my biggest supporters.”
Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. The Childhood Cancer Association will use the funds to provide counselling to sick kids and their families via Skype.
For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here