Saturday, August 4th, 2018, would have been Joaquin Oliver’s 18th birthday.
Instead, our son Joaquin, lovingly known as "Guac", was stolen from us as a result of gun violence during a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this February.
This would have been his year to start voting. While he can’t vote, his voice will not be silenced.
This year, he doesn’t need presents. We need his presence. Sadly, we can’t have that, but you can honor Joaquin’s life by continuing his legacy and ensuring that no other family has to endure our pain.
We don’t want thoughts. We don’t want prayers. We want change.
Our goal is to raise at least $18,000 for Change The Ref (CTR) in honor of Joaquin's 18th birthday. If we reach that milestone, we'll up the stakes with a stretch goal - we have so many crucial programs to fund and are ready to start.
Manuel and Patricia Oliver founders of Change The Ref will be joining the Student activist from March For Our Lives on Saturday, August 4th for an event in honor of their son's Joaquin on what would have been his 18th birthday at the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VG. Manuel will demonstrate through his art activism and create another Wall Of Demand.
Please support us with a donation and by sharing this GoFundMe, www.gofundme.com/18forJoaquinOliver, with your friends and family. Donations of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated - we know there is true power in numbers.
About Change The Ref:
We formed CTR, a Non-profit 501 c-3 organization, to empower our Future Leaders. CTR gives the kids of today the tools they need to be empowered to make changes to critical issues that affect our nation, through education, conversation, and activism. We use urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic. We also bring focus to the NRA's corrupt maneuvers to buy lawmakers while forcing solutions which are essential to healing mass shooting victims' families' lifelong grief. CTR's ultimate goal is to give the young generation of survivors and victims a disrupting voice to help lead the way to change - a more peaceful future.
Our sincere thanks for standing with us,
Joaquin's parents, Manuel & Patricia Oliver
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