Making a difference by giving back

Making a difference by giving back

I am always so very impressed with people who not only manage to start and run their own business, but are also determined to make a difference by giving back. Gianna was touched by a little boy that inspired her to use her talent in a way to help children with serious illnesses. Gianna has such a big heart and is always looking for a way to help others. She shares her story...

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In 2011 I created a charm bracelet for my sister for Christmas and I loved doing it. The following year a friend told me about a little boy being treated at the Hospital for SickKids® in Toronto Canada. This hospital treats children from around the world and does ground breaking research.  She asked me if I could donate a few pieces of jewelry for a silent auction fundraiser for the hospital.  I was delighted when she told me my designs sold for more money than the department store offerings and that gave me an idea. I could make dedicated pieces of jewelry for this cause and raise money. That is what I did for a year until I met another little boy and his family. Bennett's life touched me so much that I decided to explore what the Bravery Bead Program was all about. I already had sold jewelry to the hospital's gift shop so this was a natural progression for my fundraising. I raised money in honour of Bennett and called it "BlueforBennett" and that is still the name of my campaign today.

I see a great deal of mass produced pieces out there. I guess what excites me is that I love creating one-of-a-kind pieces and I am proud to say they are handmade in Canada. I have a sensitivity to base metals so I can only work with 925 Sterling Silver and Gold. Luckily my customers benefit from this because all my pieces use precious metals and they love that the other thing that excites me about my business is the fact that I can raise money through my art ---for this amazing cause--- that makes it all worthwhile.

When I learned what the Bravery Bead Program did ( provides beads and a necklace for children who endure painful procedures or surgeries) I was really touched. These children are brave.... when I visit the hospital I see them smiling and so positive. They are the inspiring heroes ... not me.  These necklaces are symbols of how they overcame adversity and illness. These little heroes make it all worthwhile for me. 

In the future, I would like to design and create a luxury line so I can donate more money to this program and possibly other programs like this one across the world.

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Thank you Gianna for your beautiful work and for using your talent to help others. You are a great reminder that we all have gifts and ways to help others. By finding something that we really enjoy and a cause that speaks to our heart, we can find a way to mesh the two together and in the process be a blessing to someone else. You are a Personal Hero!

Please visit Gianna on Instagram @giannaseca to show her some support and gratitude for the work she is doing.

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