festival2I’ve been wearing a whistle around my neck for the past three and a half years. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me about it. During these three years I would tell people it was for peace in Congo and tell them the heart-wrenching story of children sent to the front-lines of war, armed with only whistles and how the fallen children were then used as human shields for their army to fight behind in battle. I told everyone about the whistle. It wasn’t until recently that I realized Falling Whistles is about so much more. Falling Whistles is dedicated to ending our world’s deadliest war. These guys are young, driven, active people who are finding solutions to end the war and rebuild the lives of the Congolese. They’ve invested in local visionaries who are all advocates for peace and doing the most incredible work right in the war zone. These people don’t stand on the sidewalks and ask if you want to save the environment. They are selling a tool that elevates conversation all on its own. It’s genius. I’ve never felt more confident in an organization as I do with them.
My relationship with Falling Whistles was born when I started touring with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. It was Grace’s birthday so I gave her a whistle and told her the story. This gave me an idea. Why not give whistles to all of the amazing musicians we tour with? Who better to rock whistles than people who are a catalyst for trends and conversations.
I eventually met with the FW team. I met one of their visionaries from Congo. I met with Sean, the founder. I met with 49 other people who are just like me who want to do more. I became a Falling Whistles Ambassador and it’s changed my life.
I put the whistle on every morning and instantly feel gratitude for the day ahead – thankful for what I have and excited for what I can do. I pledged to sell 1,000 whistles by Dec 10th – Human Rights Day. I don’t know if I can do it, but I’m working really hard every day to see if I can.I’m 25, I’m from Ohio, I live in LA, I work for an awesome band, I have the best support system in the world and I really believe that together we can bring peace to Congo and to the world.
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