Kelly gave up her 17th birthday to raise $6,180 for clean water projects, and Hailey gave up her 17th birthday to raise $1,917.
These two long-time friends/future college students/past charity: water interns are both fantastic young women -- incredibly well-rounded and generous. They've traveled to developing countries (either with us or on their own) and witnessed the water crisis firsthand, and they each gave up their birthdays this past year to help do something about it. We're very anxious to see what the future has in store for these two.
KELLY & HAILEY'S TAKE ON BIRTHDAYS:
How seriously do you embrace the spotlight on your birthday?
Kelly: I don't typically embrace the spotlight, but on my birthday it is a must to go out to dinner with all of my family and friends! :)
Hailey: I am all about birthdays! I absolutely LOVE celebrating other people's birthdays! However, I don't much like being the center of attention so I think that's part of the reason that I like the birthday campaign-- I can focus the spotlight that would normally be on me onto something that I find to be very important and special.
Name your top three mandatory birthday treats/indulgences.
Kelly: 1. Cupcakes. 2. Sleep in. 3. Nice dinner with family and friends.
Hailey: 1. A chocolaty dessert with birthday candles in it. 2. Going out to lunch somewhere other than my school cafeteria- that's a huge treat! 3. Finding time to get together with friends and celebrate. We are always so busy that whenever there is an excuse to have to find time to get together I always take it.
Which birthday do you remember looking forward to most -- and why?
Kelly: I remember looking forward to my 13th birthday the most -- I was in Spain with my family and my mom had promised a full day of shopping and the beach!
Hailey: Probably my 16th birthday because I could get my drivers license and I felt like being 16 rather than 15 was a big upgrade.
Why did you decide to do a birthday campaign for clean water?
Kelly: I realized I can never think of things that I want for my birthday -- I already have more than I could ever ask for. When I heard about this idea of giving up your birthday to raise money instead, that has resulted in raising thousands of dollars for many, I thought it was the perfect way to use my birthday for something meaningful.
Hailey: I've always liked helping people and giving back so I thought what better way to celebrate my birthday. I also liked the idea that from just my one birthday I could help so many people with such a basic need.
Which birthday would you love to re-live -- and why?
Kelly: I would love to re-live my 16th birthday; I had a 4 hour dinner at the Japanese restaurant Uchiko with my family and closest friends.
Hailey: I would love to relive one of my earlier birthdays because my extended family members used to come into town to celebrate. We would make a whole week out of birthday celebrations and family time.
What birthday gift did you ask for and never receive?
Kelly: One year when I was very young I asked for an outrageous present from my parents: "A horse and everything a horse needs."
Hailey: Well I have asked for a lot of ridiculous things that I obviously never received. For multiple birthdays I asked my parents for a little sister, which never happened. When I was a lot younger I would also ask to take my birthday week off from school but my parents were never too fond of that idea.