Vivienne Harr: Lemonpreneur, Child-Anti-Slavery Activist, Philanthropist, Author, Organic Product Creator, Twitter Star and Subject of a New Documentary Sweeping the Country.
After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys her age, and learning that "slavery did not end with Abraham Lincoln," the 8 year old Vivienne decided to help. She said: "Compassion is not compassion without action."
Moved by the passion to end child slavery, she set up a lemonade stand on her street corner for 365 days rain or shine On day 173, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed Vivienne to Times Square to sell her famous lemonade-- which had already been covered in The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The BBC World News, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, FOX, MSNBC, Yahoo News, MSN, AOL, Food & Wine, Town & Country, O Magazine, Time for Kids, Parenting, Real Simple and media as far away as Australia, France and Hong Kong.
It was there that she reached her goaldonating 101,320 to Not For Sale, a leading anti-slavery organization. When her parents said: "You did it, honey. You're done," Vivienne said: "Is child slavery done?" They shook their heads. "Then, I am not done."
That was the real beginning of her movement and her organization Make a Stand, Inc., which has raised more than 1 million to end child slavery, inspires youngsters around the world to join the campaign with their own stands; bottles and sells her organic Make a Stand Lemonade in nearly 200 grocery stores and such food service counters as Twitter, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, and Netflix; AND has made her the subject of a remarkable new documentary film "Standwithme," premiering here. The movie coincides with Vivienne's newest venture, a colorful and moving 48page children's book proclaiming that "You don't have to be big or powerful to change the world."
Now 11, recognized by Town & Country as one of the "50 Most Influential Philanthropists in America," the youngest-ever featured speaker at a Tedx Talk, and Twitter's choice to ring the bell alongside Patrick Stewart at its IPO, Vivienne continues to spread her message, contribute to dozens of child anti-slavery organizations and bask in the fun of being the star focal point of a movie rolling out in 32 markets across the country.
So would let me introduce you to the "The Little Lemonpreneur" who says, "When life gives you lemons, change the world"