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LZHS student business sells keychains for charity

Photo by Gurneer Sidhu
Last month, Bathery and Kapanjie sold keychains during 7th period lunch in the cafeteria. Although they are not selling keychains during lunch periods as of now, they hope to come back soon.

Philanthropy and business is a combination that may not always seem compatible at first glance. However, three seniors are working together in a way that proves such conceptions wrong.

Through the resources available through LZHS’s business classes, like Accelerator, Dillon Bathery, senior, Carter Kapanjie, senior, and Nick Popovic, senior, were able to all come together to become founders of their own company, PhilanthroPrint.

Through selling keychains, these seniors donate 100% of their profits to a variety of different causes.

“When creating a business, you typically start with a problem. That’s how a lot of ideas are born. [But], sometimes it’s hard to donate,” Bathery said. “That’s kind of the idea of our business: giving people an easy way to donate to causes they care about, and also represent [their cause] and share with other people, so they can gather more and more support.”

The potential causes one can support through PhilanthroPrint are countless. Through purchasing PhilanthroPrint’s turtle keychains made with recycled plastic, consumers can expect their money to go to the non-profit charity, Ocean Cleanup. A Ukraine coat of arms keychain can give towards medical aid in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War. Other keychains, like their breast cancer keychain, stem from reasons that hit close to home for the founders, such as for Kapanjie, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The process for creating these keychains can be long and arduous, with a batch of eight keychains requiring anywhere between five to six hours.

“I’ll take an image and base [the keychains] off of that when I’m 3-D designing. For example, most of the time, it’s kind of something simple, but I have to actually create the 3-D models. […] We brainstorm different kinds of causes, then we find a charity we like and try to come up with a design,” Kapanjie said.

On a temporary hiatus from selling their keychains in the school cafeteria, the owners of PhilanthroPrint expect to be back during lunch hours soon.

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Gurneer Sidhu
Gurneer Sidhu, Spotlight Editor
Coming back for her last year on Bear Facts, Gurneer will be Spotlight Editor for the second year in a row. Outside of Bear Facts, she participates in NHS, competes in the Speech and Acting Club, and coaches for the YMCA’s swim team. With college approaching, Gurneer plans on pursuing a chemistry major on the pre-med track, hoping to become an oncologist. Until then, Gurneer spends her time finding new fantasy novels and rewatching The Hunger Games movies.

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    Jodi DegeorgeMay 3, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    Oh, I think that’s great, all aspects of it, from the recycling to the donating !