Taking the ‘Amway’ to We Day

April 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm


For one excited 18-year-old, the road to We Day Seattle started in Vietnam.

Vu Lang has been performing volunteer work since well before he moved to Washington to study nursing at Seattle Central Community College. In his native Vietnam and in the U.S., he’s done everything from working in orphanages and soup kitchens to helping young children with Down syndrome.

He was a natural choice when Amway, co-title sponsor of We Day Seattle, hosted a contest to send 50 of its Independent Business Owners (IBOs) and their children to We Day on March 27. The kids entered by sharing how they were volunteering to better their communities. While most of the contest winners were children accompanied by their IBO parents, Vu was a special case — he was both a young changer-maker and an IBO. He initially became an IBO as a way to improve his English after moving to the U.S. two years ago, but he was drawn in by the company’s culture of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Vu is already getting hyped to meet new people and take in the speeches and performances at the event. He’s most excited for Spencer West, a double amputee, who raised $500,000 for clean-water projects by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair.

“He’s awesome and motivated,” says Vu. “He changed my thinking: Nothing is impossible in this life.”

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