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Gold Coast student rises 2800 Australian dollars for ADRA Australia

Finn Tolhurst says he “wants to make a difference in this word with my business.”

An Adventist 10-year-old from the Gold Coast in Australia has raised more than $A2800 in under a week for an international ADRA project.

Finn Tolhurst, son of Adventist filmmaker Pastor Wes Tolhurst and grandson of the late Pastor Athal Tolhurst, recently started keeping bees, and decided to start a campaign to auction off his first 1L jar of honey to the highest bidder.

But there’s a catch—instead of keeping the profits for himself, Finn has decided to give all the donations he receives to an ADRA Australia beekeeping project in Malawi. In addition, once the campaign is over, 10 per cent of all future honey sales will go to the project.

“[Finn chose] to donate to ADRA because of the work he has seen them do in some of my videos and through church,” said his dad, Wes Tolhurst. “So he went looking for a beekeeping project and found the Malawi ‘tsogolo labwino’ project, which means ‘working together for a brighter future’.”

“I don’t just want to sell honey, I also want to make a difference in this world with my business,” said Finn. “The ADRA Malawi project are helping families have a brighter future by regenerating their forests and setting up beehives as a way to make money.”

The campaign, which is currently trending on fundraiser page Go Fund Me, raised more than $A2818, surpassing Finn’s original target of $A750. The highest donation before 7pm on Sunday, May 20 will take home the first jar of Finn’s Honey.

“We are very excited that Finn has chosen to support our ADRA project in Malawi,” said ADRA Australia CEO Paul Rubessa. “Finn’s support will help train men and women to install beehives, plant flowers and native vegetation to encourage colonization of the hives and to harvest and prepare their honey for sale at local markets. Thank you Finn for making a real difference in the lives of people.”