06-21-18

Pay It Forward | Celebrating a 10-Year-Old Girl that is on a mission to save gorillas

Happy June!  Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) teamed up with Fox 5 DC once again for another segment of Pay It Forward.  The two came across a young 10-year-old girl from Maryland that is doing some great things in the community by helping to save animals.  Addy Barrett created her own non-profit organization by the name of Gorilla Heroes to help the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa.  She came up with the idea to start a pie-face challenge that will help raise money for this cause.  The initial campaign took off due to Addy’s mom Sarah taking a picture of the poster that Addy created and sharing it on social media.   In the photo, Addy is holding a poster that says “Save the Gorillas!”  Addy’s site has since raised over $1,000 due to the impact of the pie-face challenge.  She got the inspiration for the challenge from the ALS Bucket Challenge.  Addy got a pie in her face every time a donation was made or a t-shirt was purchased.  People were eager to support the cause because they can see she is doing something extremely clever and charitable for her age.  While other kids her age are playing on video games or on the computer, Addy is continuing to create awareness about her cause.

Addy’s efforts caught the attention of David Singer, a member of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  Singer praised Addy for her generous efforts and even gave her a keepsake from his trip to Rwanda where he got to see the mountain gorillas.  It’s only the beginning for Addy and her philanthropic ways.  She is set to host a Gorilla Gala on Sunday, June 23rd at A Bit Better Farm in Brookville, Maryland.  The event is intended to get kids and their families excited about the gorillas and of course learn more.  There will be games, crafts, VR Gorilla Tours, and some pie-face fun.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund.

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC got wind of the remarkable things that Addy is doing with Gorilla Heroes and wanted to do their part and contributing.  Easterns donated $500 to the Gorilla Gala along with t-shirts and a gift-card to Sakura.  Addy and her mother Sarah are looking forward to eating at their favorite restaurant.  Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC and Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group were such great sports that the two decided to take a pie in the face on live tv.  It’s all about having fun!  If you would like to donate

If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

 

Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.

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