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December 11, 2012 > Kids stepping up to the challenge

Kids stepping up to the challenge

Submitted By Claudia D'Avanzo

From preparing senior citizens for earthquakes to combating prescription drug abuse, four winners of the 2012 Kids Who Give contest, sponsored by Farm Rich (www.farmrich.com), have created innovative solutions to address challenges within their communities and beyond.

Kids Who Give (www.kidswhogive.com) is a national program focused on young people, ages 7-17, who dedicate their time and energy to improving the lives of others. The contest awards quarterly winners with contributions to their favorite causes. All quarterly winners from 2012 will be entered into an online voting competition in early 2013 to be eligible to receive a $10,000 grand prize.

Rohan Chandra, 17, of Fremont, California was the first place winner for the period ending September 30, 2012. When Rohan Chandra realized the senior citizen community would be especially vulnerable if an earthquake struck in his area, he created the Earthquake Preparedness for Seniors (EPS) project. With the help of bi-lingual seniors, he developed a multi-lingual safety instruction guide available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, Farsi and Tagalog - the most common languages used in the San Francisco Bay area. Rohan has raised more than $10,000 for the cause, distributed more than 1,000 copies of the guide and assembled and distributed 250 earthquake kits to local seniors.

Each quarterly first place winner receives $3,500, with the second and third place winners receiving $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Honorable mention is awarded a $250 gift card.

Visit www.kidswhogive.com to find out more about the contest. The deadline for the fall/winter quarter is Dec. 31, 2012, and applications are now being accepted.

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