Sixth-grader Jaimey Bryant is no stranger to creative fund-raising ideas. At the 2012 Kansas West Annual Conference, she hand-crafted duct-tape crosses and sold them to raise funds for United Methodist Open Door and sponsor Rev. Amy Lippoldt to ride in the Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge. This year, she’s already making crosses to sell to support Bishop Scott Jones in the annual Bishop’s Bicycle Challenge for Open Door.
It was no surprise that she was inspired to support Imagine No Malaria. Her mom, Natalie Bryant, is associate pastor at Hutchinson (Kan.) Trinity United Methodist Church. She picked up a green Imagine No Malaria bracelet at a district clergy meeting last fall and started wearing it. Jaimey noticed her mom’s bracelet and asked about it.
Looking back, Bryant said she non-chalantly answered her question. “It’s for Imagine No Malaria. Did you know $10 can buy a net to save a family from malaria?”
That sparked a conversation about how she could help. Jaimey had just been voted onto her sixth-grade student council at Circle Greenwich Elementary School just outside Wichita, Kan. She approached the Student Council (StuCo) about raising funds for Imagine No Malaria.
Bryant said StuCo got behind the idea, and decided to split their fundraising efforts between Imagine No Malaria and a cancer charity in honor of a student at the school who is in remission from cancer.
“Ashley Gish sent the school 400 bracelets, which the StuCo sold for $1 a piece up to 5 bracelets,” Bryant said. “Jaimey went around the school for a day, telling each class what malaria is and how they could help end it. In the end, they raised more than $500 for Imagine No Malaria in just two days.”