At 17 years old, not only did Wilson Patton found a new, clever fundraising vehicle for charity, he also drove attention to the cause by breaking a Guinness World Record.
Standing on a balance board for nearly two hours, the teen’s sweat and pain were more than worth it. Using his gymnast background, Patton persevered on behalf of his Charity Bandz non-profit organization and the people it ultimately serves.
His soon to be 501c3 charity has transformed the teen fad of trading and collecting bracelets called Silly Bandz into a significant moneymaker for the World Vision Foundation, American Red Cross and animal conservation programs.
Patton and his Nashville, Tennessee team of volunteers have already sold more than 15,000 of the stretchy bracelets to raise $10,000 in just three months. When taken off, the silicone bracelets snap into fun shapes representing each charity, including crosses, AIDS ribbons, “clean” water drops and different animals.
Bracelets can be purchased online at www.CharityBandz.org and in retail outlets run by the charities that benefit. Charity Bandz is currently looking for other retailers to sell the products and expand the group’s reach.