Inspiring young entrepreneur dedicated 365 days straight to his social endeavour

Campbell Remess is a thirteen-year-old school student who is using his talent for making teddy bears to give hope and happiness to kids in need. Disappointed by the fact that it would be too expensive to give Christmas presents to all the sick children in hospital, Campbell took up the challenge to make a bear every day for a year so that he could bring comfort to them in hospital. From this idea, his own non-for-profit organisation, Project 365, was created.

Campbell has now been featured on many of the major Australian news sites, celebrated in America on the CNN Heroes Special, and is even launching his own children’s book. Yet in the face of all this media attention, Campbell’s one motivation remains purely in helping others. He has even started a new project, named Kindness Cruises, where the money he raises from donations and fundraisers is used to organise travel cruises for adults and children experiencing hardships.

Campbell’s success proves that it doesn’t matter how old you are if you have enough passion for the cause. Young Entrepreneurs Magazine spoke to Campbell to hear about his experience and how it all began.

Tell us about the idea behind Project 365.

When I was nine years old, I wanted to take presents to kids in hospital on Christmas Eve, but mum and dad said that would cost too much, so I said I would make them. First, I didn’t think of bears and I was making blankets and balls, but then I found bears and they were the perfect thing.

How did you learn how to make toy bears?

I found a pattern for making bears but I didn’t understand it at first, so I just searched on the internet and watched Youtube clips.

When did you get the idea to start Project 365?

When I made my first ball, it was easy and really cool so I said to mum, “If I could make one every day, how many would I have by Christmas?” She told me 365, so I said that’s what I will do and I will call it Project 365.

What has been the highlight of your experience so far?

There are a few best moments, but I have sent bears to people when doctors say they won’t get better and then they get the bear and they do. That’s the best bit.

Do you have any goals for the future of Project 365?

I’m going to fundraise more and have cancer researchers help to find the cure for cancer. I am going to do more Kindness Cruises and help more and more people.

Do you have any advice for other young entrepreneurs who would like to start their own business or project?

Even when adults say it’s hard, even when you think it’s difficult to remember that hard things are only hard until you practice, just remember the more you practice the easier it gets. My first wonky bear took me five hours and was pretty terrible. Now I can design and make a bear in less than an hour. Just keep trying and keep practicing and the hard becomes normal.

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