In her early 20s Daria Bunting found herself at rock bottom, facing homelessness. Fortunately she had the support and love of friends and family, and she was able to make the change she needed to renew her journey. But her eyes, and heart, remained open to the plight of the homeless.
Daria is now an interior designer and decorator. Her business is called I Dare-Ya Designs, and she specializes in restoring discarded furniture to incorporate into her client’s homes. She chose to put forward her “Pitch Your Passion” in order to unite her life’s work with her heart’s calling.
In 2014, Daria plans to host a gala fundraising event to benefit Victoria’s homeless community. She envisions collecting 8-10 discarded chairs to restore and reupholster, and then she will showcase her works of art as auction pieces. The money raised at her event, which would also include additional silent auction items donated from the community, would be donated to the Victoria Cool Aid Society.
Daria requires seed money to purchase the fabrics and notions she needs to rehabilitate her found chairs, and to fund initial marketing for the event. She also would appreciate tips on chairs that are in need of “rescue”. If you happen to spot a homeless chair (preferably an occasional chair, rather than a dining chair) left by the roadside, she requests that you call her with the location of your find.
These homeless chairs, Daria claims, have something in common with homeless people: they need care and attention, they need to be rehabilitated, they need to be transformed into their best selves, and they need a home. Her collection of chairs will be named for the long line of strong and resourceful women from which she came. Her first piece is named for her grandmother, Ethel.
To assist Daria to achieve her dream, whether by donation or tips on the whereabouts of homeless chairs, contact her:
|yoUnlimited's Pitch Your Passion is an opportunity gather, for five individuals to share their passion and go home with $500 in cash to support their idea. It is a unique 'in the moment' giving opportunity. The only judging criteria being the heart-centered support of someone's passion.