11-year-old seeking funds for student ambassador trip

Published on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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An 11-year-old Blaine HomeConnection student has been selected as a U.S. student ambassador, and he needs the community’s help to begin a journey that will take him to the British Isles.

Rishi Nair is one of 40 students from Washington to participate in the U.S. Student Ambassador program, which was developed by the People to People Organization. The duty of the ambassadors is to promote peace and understanding in the world through face-to-face interaction and communication, Rishi’s mother, Mary Lyn Nair, said.

Rishi’s travels as a student ambassador in 2012 will take him to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. During the trip, Rishi is scheduled to meet with a member of the British Parliament and an Oxford University professor in addition to touring Scotland’s Loch Ness on a research boat and seeing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Nair explained.

To raise money for the trip, Rishi will be undertaking a number of fundraising opportunities in the coming weeks.

On Friday, December 23, he will be selling Christmas fudge and chocolates at The Market at Birch Bay in Birch Bay Square. Rishi will also be selling hot chocolate at the annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim on January 1, 2012.

Those interested in donating can also visit Rishi’s website at www.rishisadventure.webs.com or visit the Blackberry House Cafe in Blaine to drop off a donation. Nair said Blaine Bouquets and Dee’s Country Diner in Birch Bay are also participating with donation boxes.

Rishi is a composer, singer and songwriter and uses his music to help the community, Nair said. Rishi’s charity, Rishi’s Gift Foundation, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to children with special needs. Rishi started the charity after receiving a kidney transplant from his mother in 2006. To learn about his charity, visit www.rishisgift.com.