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Etsy Designer Fundraises for END7

An interview with Abby St. Claire an Etsy Designer and END7 Supporter

Abby St. Claire is a talented young designer from Libertyville, IL. She has been using the profits of her beautiful hair clips and necklaces (sold on Etsy.com) to support END7. Through her art she has been helping to end neglected tropical diseases around the world. Her dedication to END7 and our mission has been recognized by the Average Advocate and her customers around the world. Abby is an inspiration to other END7 supporters who can use their personal talents to help end 7 NTDs by 2020. Abby was recently able to tell us more about herself and give other supporters advice on how to find their own way to fundraise.

Tell us about yourself.
I’m a 15 year old high school student who loves to dance and create. I also love fashion, photography, design, and vintage things.

Who inspires you? (or) What inspires you?
God does! I was at an Illinois Student Ministries camp this summer, and a woman was talking about her upcoming mission trip, which was feeding children in Haiti, and they were selling shirts in order to raise money for it.

What first got you into crafting?
I have always been creative, so I guess it’s just that. Thanks to Pinterest and the Internet, I’ve been able to find a bunch of lovely ideas.

What’s your favorite piece from your jewelry collection?
Everything! Not really, but if I had to pick probably one of my statement necklaces or one of the hair clips.

Do you have advice for other END7 supporters that want to start their own fundraising campaign?
Just keep working. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, just keep a persistent and positive attitude. Also, have a strong group of friends and family to encourage you while you work!

What made you want to donate to End7 instead of make a profit?
Like I said earlier, it was kind of like a calling. I saw a tweet about End7 and thought it was a brilliant idea and wanted to be a part of it.

How do you want to continue to combine art and humanitarian efforts in the future?
I hope to continue my Etsy shop for some time, but, I would also love to do some mission trips so I can interact with people and be able to help them that way.