At South Elementary School in Andover, Massachusetts a donation box greets you in the lobby. It’s there to support the efforts of a standout fifth-grader named Tully O’Keefe, who at 11 years of age has been collecting money to purchase bikes for girls in Vietnam for years. Tully was adopted from Vietnam where they have no school buses in rural areas, and kids depend on bikes for transportation as it is a safer way to get to school. Trafficking is still an issue on many rural roads in Vietnam and it safer to bike than walk, and biking in groups is safer still, that is where the Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund comes in.
Sara Nerone and her two daughters, also adopted from Vietnam, started the Rhode Island-based charity. It offers year-long arts and music programs and summer camps to children in Vietnam. It also provides school-aged girls there with bikes and helmets with each bike and helmet combination costing $60. Young Tully raised $450 her first year but she did not stop her efforts then and her totals have increased significantly since then. This year, her total has already surpassed $2,000.
With the help of people like Tully, Rock-Paper-Scissors has gifted over 1,500 bikes to girls in Vietnam since 2013, and to make sure the money donated is best utilized the charity keeps track of all the girls who get bikes. They could always use more assistance however, because they have future plans. With enough support, Nerone said she would like to set up a scholarship fund. Perhaps if there are more people like Tully O’Keefe out there they can achieve that dream.
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