The Happy Ethan Project was launched in memory & honour of a very special little boy who was a twin called Ethan. His earthly exit was at age 3 on the 3rd of April 2012. His charity (registered as a non profit organisation) is committed to the joy of children. The Project also launched an initiative on July 3rd (3 months after Ethan's passing), called the Third Day. The Third Day is an individual challenge that motivates others to do a happy deed as part of a team of 3 every 3rd month, this happy deed can be anything that touches them as long as it involves children.
1.) The Happy Ethan Project is a charity – what does that entail?
The Happy Ethan Project is a regsitered non profit organisation committed to the joy of children through happy deeds – big or small!
It was created in honour & memory of a 3 year old boy (who has a twin brother, Liam) who was always filled with happiness & love, a really generous little soul! We are also all green, this was his favourite colour!
The Happy Ethan Project encourages the involvement of communities near & far, it’s a charity that encourages purpose where everyone can take responsibility for their own happy deed (as long as it involves children). That is how The Third Day initiative came about!
2.) Tell us about the Third Day – we are assuming one is today being the 3rd of August?
The Third Day is an initiative launched by The Happy Ethan Project. There are so many non-coincidental ‘three’s’ surrounding Ethan & the birth of this Project. The Third Day is really a challenge - it encourages groups of 3 friends, colleagues or family members to align and choose
Their Third Day Initiative (even schools have got involved) This is to be executed on the Third Day of every month and each person is responsible every 3rd month so in essence you only get a turn every third month which we think is quite practical in today’s fast paced society!
The project also helps with ideas and creates brand awareness for existing children’s charities who are in need. A great tip is to always do your homework and first establish exactly what it is that the charity is in need of before your execution!
3.) What are some of the Third Day executions happening today around SA?
There is a mountain bike ride via Ride2Raise for Villa La Themba happening in JHB on Saturday morning, a blood donation team in Cape Town this afternoon, High Tea’s where the mom’s bring specific items that charities require & a revamp of a safe house just outside Plettenberg Bay, a book collection for a school in Diepsloot by Eartthkids Pre-school and some other ideas as put together by the project...
4.) Why knitting?
For Lianne’s Third Day she sold in the concept of a knitting station to a retail wellness where you add a row or two or three to knitted scarves while enjoying your coffee or meal. These have been distributed to street children around Cape Town.
Now that Winter will be behind us shortly we still want to carry on with the knitting theme so we suggest blankets for orphanages & safe houses as these are always needed – get a team together, perhaps they can each knit a few blocks like we are today and before you know it, you have a blanket, many hands make light work and its a great one for family involvement!
5.) How can we be more involved / find out more info?