While a majority of charity funds hope to raise enough money to benefit a cause, Happy Tummy Calgary is raising awareness of an ever growing problem.
“Happy Tummy Calgary is a group of young students who donate money into a fund every week, 2 weeks or even every month that stems as a small contribution to a future project plan, says Akimo Creasey, head of Happy Tummy Calgary.
“Happy Tummy’s main projects include: feeding the homeless and RKOB which we call ‘Random Kindness on a Budget,’” Creasy mentions.
Homelessness and poverty is often viewed as a problem with no end in sight.
“The Idea of Happy Tummy started when I was in my basement watching prank videos and my room-mate said ‘we should pretend to hand out free pizza covered with bugs’ as a prank,” Creasy says.
“Then we thought about how cruel it would be to do it to people who would actually enjoy a slice of pizza (such as The Drop-In Centre or The Mustard Seed), so we decided that everyone has to eat, so we will raise money to feed people in need,” Creasy says.
The fact that a great idea can come out of something a prank goes to show that people are kind at heart.
“Now is a great time to start because no matter how little the donation, the future will show that through collections over weeks and months the sum would be fat enough to really treat some people to nice warm meals,” Creasy states.
“As long as the dream stays true, this will not only be annual but might turn into a thing where certain events will happen,” Creasy says.
“Where you will see us, 420? No problem we got free munchies,” Creasy jokingly says.
“I think in terms of promoting, word of mouth is the best value,” Creasy mentions.
Akimo Creasey sees no end in sight for his vision. He hopes that everyone in Calgary will jump in on his cause.
“My goal is to show people that you don’t have to be Religious to give, you don’t have to be in the right place at the right time,” Creasy says.
“If you put your mind on it, it just happens and we are all capable of spreading happiness,” Creasy adds.
“Everyone loves food,” he lastly shares.
If you wanna make a donation, send an email to HappyTummyCalgary@gmail.com, as little as $1 will help fuel the cause.