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Pharrell’s hat raises funds for charity

Who Is NOBODY? - Pharrell's Hat & Arby's

Pharrell’s hat does good!

  • $44, 100 are raised in eBay auction for Pharrell’s hat

  • Arby’s fun-loving attack on Pharrell’s hat reminds me of Jon Klassen’s book

  • Who Is NOBODY? helps make Mandatory Community Involvement Hours personally meaningful

Pharrell’s hat came to the Oscars.

Pharrell’s hat danced up a storm with Meryl Streep and other celebrities, during the live performance of his Oscar-nominated song Happy.

Pharrell’s hat collected money for Ellen DeGeneres’s Pizza Party…

But Pharrell’s hat did not stop there!

Pharrell’s hat was put on eBay to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Pharrell’s Charity called ‘From One Hand to Another‘.

And guess what? The highest bidder was Arby’s who engaged in a friendly faux feud suggesting that Pharrell’s hat was their hat and they wanted it back! …Kind of reminds me of the book called I want my hat back by Jon Klassen.

Arby’s bid $44, 100 for Pharrell’s hat. The funds will benefit Pharrell’s foundation that focuses on under-served youths by creating learning centers to empower children to learn through new technologies, arts and media.

I love this story!

When you have the whole world looking at you, why not do something GREAT with all the attention?

The Who Is NOBODY? approach to giving is “Do what you love to help those you love”.

Who Is NOBODY? - Pharrell's Hat & Arby'sIn Pharrell’s case, this would be using fashion and music to help less fortunate youth.

When you use your interests to help a living thing you’re interested in, giving is easy, lasting and personally meaningful.

This is why so many Gr. 8 and Gr. 9 teachers implement Who Is NOBODY? as a springboard to Mandatory Community Involvement – the service hours necessary to graduate from high school.

As a teacher myself, I know that students do what we all do so often: Procrastinate!

And when students procrastinate with putting in service hours, they end up picking the easiest place they can think of to volunteer, just to get the job done. So they don’t pick a personally meaningful ‘action’ or ’cause’. And the result is they are so glad their volunteer hours are over. What a shame!

Participating teachers have reported back that students who use Who Is NOBODY? to help them figure out where they want to spend their Mandatory Community Hours do at least twice the number of hours because they have such a positive experience.

Who Is NOBODY? supports students in picking a personally meaningful place to volunteer, so they meet people they find interesting and do things they find interesting. A place they feel a sense of purpose and belonging.

Don’t we all want to feel the way Norm did every time he went to Cheers?

It’s all of these reasons, listed above, that makes volunteering easy, lasting and personally meaningful.

So well done to Pharrell and Arby’s for setting an A+ example.

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Do you think Pharrell’s hat looks like the Arby’s hat?

What accessory do you have that’s one of a kind like Pharrell’s hat?

Do you see striking similarities between Arby’s asking for Pharrell’s hat ‘back’ and the video below?

Want to read more about how Pharrell’s hat raised funds for charity? Click here.

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