THE FOUNDERS

Nice to meet you!

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TOBA BALOGUN

Founder

What is your highest and best use? Being conscious of this question is the key to actualizing the changes we want to see in our community. Purple Hands was created for compassionate Western students to come together and provide comfort to people experiencing a season of difficulty. My greatest wish is for us all to experience the overflowing joy that comes with standing up for a cause greater than oneself. Looking forward to meeting you all!

JASON XI

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Inspired to create change after a service trip to Ghana is why I am apart of the Purple Hands family. See the change or be the change is what I have always believed. The London community has given me so much and this is my way of giving back. I am all about having fun and spreading kindness. Everyone is welcome and I can't wait to meet you.

Co-Founder

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JESSICA HU

Co-Founder

Growing up in Vancouver and having had the chance to volunteer in the Downtown Eastside homeless community, social impact in the poverty alleviation space has always resonated with me. Since day one, our vision at Purple Hands has been to create a tight-knit community of compassionate individuals with a common goal of leaving a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Whether it's through our meal outreaches, mentorship programs, or Humans of London campaign, I am so proud to be apart of the tremendous growth of this team. If our mission speaks to you, please don't hesitate to reach out, we are always looking to grow our family!

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SPARSH KOHLI

Co-Founder

I was always taught to be fortunate for what I have, and I never realized how real to life that teaching was until I came to Western and saw first hand how lack of housing and access to welfare can affect families in the city core of London. I became apart of Purple Hands in part because of the opportunities it gave me to make a difference, and in a larger part owing to the Humans of London project I have now helped pioneer. There is no better feeling in the world than being able to not only provide food, water, and hygiene products to those in need, but to also  build meaningful relationships with them by taking the time to listen to their powerful life stories. There is no other club at Western that I'd want to be at, and I am excited to share these experiences with you!