These are the 2019 changemakers


Our 2019 35 Under 35 awards are about championing the people who are changing the game in the areas we care most passionately about; People, Planet, Wildlife.

This year we decided to let people vote for the changemaker they felt was making the most positive impact on the world around them, with the winner becoming our Sustainability Ambassador and heading out on a life-changing storytelling expedition with Contiki. We had over 6,000 votes in total and can now proudly reveal our winner…

And the winner is....

Parris Quinn from Wellington, NZ Founder of the non-profit organisation, Heart Parcels, dedicated to feeding the hungry and the homeless.

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About Parris & Heart Parcels

Every Thursday evening after a long day at work, Parris would go home and cook 60+ hot meals out of her own pocket to feed the homeless of Wellington, New Zealand. It became a regular thing and soon became a non-profit organisation called ‘Heart Parcels’.

Now three years on, all the meals are made in a commercial kitchen and the funds for the food are raised by selling ‘$25 Heart Parcels Triple Chocolate Brownie Fundraiser Boxes’ at a local restaurant. Not only does Parris provide a hot nourishing meal, dessert, and water each week for the Wellington homeless, she also provides them with warm clothing, footwear and basic toiletries needs, as well as her personal support and positivity. Check out our interview with Parris.

Our other changemakers were expertly selected by our judge, Seth Maxwell. You can read their stories below.

The final 35: our 2019 changemakers

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Matthew O'Shea

London, UK

Matthew built Ticketaid, a corporate ticket reselling website where 100% of the proceeds go to charity, and to date, has raised over £85,000 for nine charities.

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Rahmat Hamdard

Rahmat started Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan to bring the world of the Model United Nations to the youth of his country. He is currently working to educate his peers on the UN Sustainable Development Goals by bringing a conference to every province of Afghanistan.

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Ryan Villanueva

Ryan is the Co-Founder of Best Delegate, an organization that trains students into tomorrow’s leaders through Model United Nations Programs. Ryan's Best Delegate website is used by over 750,000 students and teachers each year to give students the training material, the resources, and the educational opportunities they need to comprehend current global issues.

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Dave Luba and Kalen Emsley

Regina, SK, Canada

Dave & Kalen are the founders of Tentree, a Canadian company that is dedicated to designing clothing for a healthy, sustainable world. For every piece of clothing sold, 10 Trees are planted and to date, they have planted over 25 million trees.

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Lottie Dalziel

Australia

Lottie launched her zero-waste brand Banish to give Australians the tools and know-how to reduce their plastic footprint and make a difference through education and using locally sourced plastic free products.

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Temi Mwale

London, UK

Temi Mwale is a social entrepreneur, educator and activist. As Founding Director of The 4Front Project, Temi has dedicated herself to peace-building and is on a mission to find, create and implement solutions to reduce violence globally.

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Alyssa Bertram

Ontario, Canada

Alyssa founded ‘easy’ because she believed women deserved tampons that are 100% organic and show up on your doorstep just when you need them to. For every product that is sold, 5% of the profits go to Zana, Africa Foundation, supplying pads and health education to girls in Kenya.

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Myles Goldberg

Washington, D.C.

Myles Goldberg, Ethan Kramer, and Sean Maiwald are the founders of ReFort LLC. They focus on deferring the waste from the landfill by collecting the appliances abandoned by college students during the move-out day

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Chris Studer

Ontario, Canada

Chris Studer is an Executive Director and founding member of non-profit organization Get REAL, whose mission is to combat 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying in schools, summer camps, and workplaces across Canada.

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Maheen Iqbal

Toronto, ON, Canada

Maheen created The Defiant Movement, an online magazine for young people aged 13-21 who dissect politics and social justice, giving young people and people of colour a platform through which they have a voice about the issues facing them in an increasingly divided society.

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Deanna Lentini

Toronto, ON, Canada

Deanna founded Fix the 6ix, with the mission to serve the homeless of Toronto. Through donations of new and partly-used gift cards from across the city, they have been able to provide groceries, clothing, hygiene items, holiday presents and more to benefit Toronto’s homeless and shelters.

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Katia Barker

Katia Barker started working with Thirst Project as a 14-year-old student. Her mission was simple: to fully fund water projects for communities in need. In the past three years, Katia has raised over $28,000, and she recently travelled to Eswatini to shoot a documentary about the water crisis.

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Lisa Patulny

Sydney, Australia

What happens when two women who are passionate about sun safety come together to bully the world into wearing SPF and getting regular skin checks? Call Time On Melanoma (CTOM). A not-for-profit initiative for smart women, CTOM exists to educate on melanoma, while tackling barriers to sun safety that are specific to Millennials and Gen Z-ers (like suntanning culture and sunscreen compliance). Ultimately, their mission is to reframe sun safety as self-care.

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Florence Masetla

Pretoria, South Africa

Founding the Florence Masetla Foundation in 2013 using out-of-the-box learning methodology and mentoring, Florence later pioneered an initiative CLIMB against sexual abuse in May 2015, committed to breaking the silence on sexual violence and creating a powerful movement of change.

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Sibusiso Hlolweni

Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa

A human rights activist based in Secunda, South Africa, Sibusiso made national headlines after walking 300km from Secunda to Nelspruit, advocating for the rights of elderly persons in Mpumalanga. Since January this year, they have donated more than 300 food parcels to struggling families, along with vegetable seeds to teach them how to grow small gardens.

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Ondela Mlandu

Cape Town, South Africa

Ondela is driven by a love for her continent and has a desire to celebrate and share African history with the world. She advocates for tourism to Africa in her role as a multimedia journalist who has written for several publications on travel and is the radio host and content producer of her own Travel and Lifestyle radio show in South Africa. Her show aims to educate fellow South Africans on what's happening around the world as well as in their own spectacular country.

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Christian Kayembe

Johannesburg, South Africa

Christian's mission is to make a difference to the kids living in inner city Johannesburg, South Africa. He founded an organization called Classroom Buddies which assists students from disadvantaged areas with life mentorship, free academic tutoring and more. Christian's goal is to break the cycle of poverty once and for all.

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Jacob Pearce

Melbourne, Australia

Jacob initiated a movement around 'Pearcey's Pledge', after surviving a fall from a 22-storey building, in order to increase awareness around youth mental health and suicide. In partnership with the Alive Project he recently completed a 375km walk from the Murray River to Melbourne, raising almost $100k in the process.

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Alicia White

United States

Alicia is the President and Founder of Project Petals, a non-profit organization that is focused on revitalizing under-resourced communities. Alicia started Project Petals in 2014 to give back to the community that she grew up in Jamaica, Queens NYC.

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Alysa McCall

Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Alysa is a conservation biologist specializing in polar bears. Based out of Yellowknife, Canada she spends every fall and part of every summer in Churchill, Manitoba, sometimes called the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Alysa has been studying Canadian polar bears for seven years, focusing largely on the western Hudson Bay sub-population, supporting research and directing conservation outreach programs, all with a mission to protect the polar bear and their sea ice home for future generations.

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Caitlin Cimini

Woodstown, NJ

Caitlin Cimini is the President and Founder of Rancho Relaxo, a fully functioning animal advocacy non-profit who spend their efforts rescuing animals from abuse and neglect.

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Kieren Britton

Calgary, AB, Canada

After being told too many times that she was brave for a girl, Kieren Britton founded The Lady Alliance. What started as an online social community now involves hikes and getaways where women can bond and become comfortable with the outdoors, a traditionally male-dominated space.

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Dillon Mendes & Sam Demma

Pickering, ON, Canada

Sam and Dillon started Pick Waste in their hometown of Pickering, dedicating an hour every Saturday to run garbage clean-ups. Now they run training sessions with students to educate on small actions that have huge environmental impact.

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Madeleine Bell

Australia

Plastic pollution is killing wildlife, devastating oceans and threatening the health of our planet. Poorly managed plastic leaks into the sea and that's where Madeleine comes in. Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 are building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet and removing over 10 million pieces of litter from the environment annually.

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Jalisa Luces-Mendes

Toronto, ON, Canada

Jalisa Luces-Mendes is an activist and influencer in the Canadian LGBTQ+ community and founder of Toni Marlow Clothing, which celebrates diversity, inclusivity, visibility, and representation. As a non-binary black person, they have helped create a voice for others in the community who have been silenced for too long.

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Amika George

United Kingdom

Amika George is a 19-year-old student who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty in the UK. She has since received a Goalkeepers award by Bill & Melinda Gates, in conjunction with the United Nations, and was recently listed by TIME magazine as one of the 25 most influential teenagers in the world.

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Topher Richwhite and Bridget Thackwray

New Zealand

New Zealander’s, Topher and Bridget of Expedition Earth are travelling the seven continents over three years in their trusted Jeep, Gunther. Their aim and purpose is to promote environmental issues as well as the teams and organizations that work to resolve them. They've worked with Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe, Game Rangers International in Zambia, World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic.

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Gina Martin

London, UK

Gina is a writer and activist who has campaigned tirelessly for the past two years to bring the Voyeurism Act into effect in the UK, making upskirting illegal for the first time.

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Scott Kennedy and Fergus Moore

United Kingdom

Revive was founded by Fergus Moore and Scott Kennedy with the mission to convert coffee grounds into a sustainable alternative to the likes of palm oil. In the UK, roughly 55 million cups of coffee are drunk each day, leading to over half a million tonnes of coffee grounds being generated and wasted.

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Emily Cole

Chicago, USA

Emily is a community organizer and passionate advocate for dismantling all oppressive systems, with primary focus upon mental health and sexual assault. As a survivor of assault, Emily started a support group in her community for victims of sexual assault, drafted therapy allocation proposals for her university and led Kentucky’s only protest against Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination. Today, she is a community leaderships corps member for the Obama Foundation.

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Rikki Gilbey

Sydney, Australia

Rikki's Handplanes initiative puts the solution to the plastics crisis is in our hands. Created using 100% post-consumer plastics with 1/3 coming from Australian beaches and 2/3 coming from Australian domestic recycling bins, his company creates handplanes that enhance the bodysurfing experience by providing lift and control, allowing the bodysurfer to catch Wave After Wave and leaving nothing but cleaner beaches in their path.

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Amy Hall

Victoria, BC, Canada

Amy is an ocean lover who created Goldilocks beeswax food wraps. The average person uses over 2.000 square feet of plastic every year, and her goal is to help reduce this to zero. One of the added bonuses of her wraps is that they keep your food fresh for longer. They’re better for the environment, and better for people's wallets by saving food: it’s a win-win.

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Laura Bye

Toronto, ON, Canada

Laura started an organization that is rescuing stray and abandoned dogs and cats in countries like Mexico, Egypt and the Dominican Republic, and pairing them with forever homes and families in Canada. This not only reduces the need for puppy mills and dog breeders but also provides medical care to animals in need of preparation for adoption.

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Letitia Rambally Greener

Johannesburg, South Africa

Letitia Rambally Greener is a researcher, striving to better understand the drivers and the impact of HIV among the most vulnerable within our society, and drive evidence-based policy making that helps bring about positive change and meaningfully contributes to sustainable social transformation in society.

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