Every Tuesday morning a bright-eyed spunky woman drives to Direct Relief and energetically leads a team of volunteers. Although all of our volunteers are very special, there is one incredible thing about Edythe Kirchmaier – she is about to turn 105.
Edythe has been serving others for more than a century, 40 years of which have been as a volunteer with Direct Relief International. As Edythe approaches her 105th birthday, she hopes to inspire the world to make a difference, as she has, by raising awareness for the charity to which she’s dedicated much of her life, Direct Relief.
To honor the active centenarian and celebrate her milestone birthday, Direct Relief will host a Facebook application called Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge that allows people to wish Edythe a happy birthday by lighting a candle on the world’s largest virtual birthday cake and becoming a fan of her beloved charity.
The goal of Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge is to generate 105,000 birthday wishes for Edythe, which will equate to 105,000 Facebook fans for Direct Relief and make Edythe’s birthday wish come true.
“Edythe is an amazing source of inspiration and joy and such a powerful example of personal commitment to make a difference through the course of one’s life,” says Direct Relief’s Vice President of Communications, Kerri Murray.
“We should not have been surprised, given Edythe’s tireless service, that she wanted to use her 105th birthday to encourage others to join in the mission of improving the health and lives of people in need — but it was a deeply heartwarming gesture.”
Participate in Edythe’s 105th Birthday Challenge by visiting the app on Direct Relief’s Facebook page. Join the conversation on Twitter, via the hashtag #lightacandle.