Joshua Williams is a Ransom Everglades high school student from South Florida who discovered his passion for philanthropy when he was 4 and a half-years-old. Believing that no child should ever go hungry, for the past nine and a half years, Joshua has been dedicated to helping to “stomp out world hunger” through his organization Joshua’s Heart Foundation, and he is working hard to end worldwide hunger one community at a time. He empowers and engages young people ages 2 and up to find their passion or purpose and use it for the better good. Alone we can do so much but together we can move mountains states Joshua.
Joshua recently appeared in “The Way Kids See It,” a documentary short film launched by Unilever that captures ideas and inspiration for creating a brighter future from children all over the world. The film features children whose positive outlook inspired Project Sunlight, a long-term Unilever initiative to motivate millions of people to live more sustainably by inspiring them to build a brighter future for children, and highlights the hopes, dreams and plans that they have for a better world.
About Joshua’s Heart Foundation
Joshua’s Heart Foundation was founded in 2005 in Miami, Florida and is dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty. JHF has two primary goals: to “Stomp out World Hunger” and to “Break the Cycle of Poverty”. JHF is a 501(c) 3 non-for-profit organization, which empowers, needy people to improve their quality of life, by providing items of basic necessities, such as groceries, and by effectively engaging and educating communities at home and abroad about committing to fight hunger and poverty on global basis. JHF is a youth run organization dedicated to stomping out hunger.
He has received numerous Awards for his work some national award include –
- Youngest recipient of the Champion of change award given by the white house for strengthening food security in the U.S.
- CNN Heroes Young Wonder
- BET Shine A light Honoree
- TheGrio 100 History Makers in the Making
- Bammy Awards
- Presidential Volunteer Service Award
- Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader
- Jefferson Awards for Impact
- National Prudential Award
Joshua is the chief change maker, Founder and President of JHF, advocate for the needy, motivational speaker, sits on several national boards, travels local, national and international to create awareness and motivate others.
Beat City began in a Year Six classroom at Canterbury Primary School. The kids in L6W had a love of music and wanted to learn how to write and produce their own songs. Hugh Byrne Jones, Gus Traifores and Sam Rendell joined together to create ‘Beat City’. The class was lucky enough to go to Bakehouse Studios to record their class album ‘A New Sound’, which they then launched on Sound Cloud. They were all so proud of their music that they decided to contact a local radio station to see if they would play any of their songs on air. While none of their music was played this email started the next stage of their journey. The Beat City boys were amazed and shocked when they found out they had been invited to take part in the ‘Music Matters International Original Artist’ song contest. It was a nerve-wrecking and exhilarating experience performing for the first time live at the heats. Their friends, family and school community really got behind them ensuring they had enough votes to make it through to the next stage.
While waiting to find out if they would be featured on the charity album the boys made appearances on Music Matters on 94.1 FM and enjoyed hearing their song being played on the radio for the very first time. Disbelief and excitement best describe Beat City the day they found out they had made it on to the album and that they would be recording at Black Pearl Studios. It was an incredible day with the boys loving the opportunity to work with musicians and getting to re-record their song. The Beat City boys are proud of what they have achieved so far and still can’t believe how far their music has taken them! They are looking forward to the release of the charity album and the chance to perform in front of a bigger audience at Federation Square.
Gus Traifores has a love of sport and is the oldest of two children. He enjoys listening to music especially rap music and loves writing and sharing his own raps. In his spare time he plays a lot of sport including basketball, cricket, soccer and football. He aspires to be a NBA star when he grows up. Gus loves hanging out with friends and especially likes making people laugh!
“Being on this charity album means so much because it feel really good to know our music will be raising money for The Melbourne City Mission, it feels good knowing im giving back to others. looking back on the year I never expected a school project would have lead us to all these amazing opportunities, just getting to be involved in the heats was a great experience let alone, being on the radio, recording at Black Pearl Studios and now being so close to having our song launched on the charity album!”
Sam Rendell is a middle child in a family of five who is passionate about sport and has a love of music. He loves playing basketball, football and cricket and dreams of being a NBA star when he is older. He is a Year Six student at Canterbury Primary school who is excited to be moving on to high school next year. In his spare time Sam loves to hang out with his friends and have fun.
“Being on the charity album has been an amazing experience and I am so proud of myself and my band mates and everything we have achieved so far. i feel really happy that our music will be listened to by so many people and that when they buy the album we will be helping so many people in need”
Hugh Byrne-Jones is a 12 year old boy from Canterbury. He has a love of sport and plays football, golf, cricket and basketball. It is his dream to play for the AFL when he grows up. Hugh also has a love of music and spends a lot of time listening to rap and hip hop, it is this style of music which inspires him to write his own lyrics. Hugh is the youngest of three children and is looking forward to taking his next big step as he moves on to high school next year. In his spare time he loves going out with his mates, having a laugh and mucking around.
“I’m so proud of the band I can’t believe what we’ve accomplished and we’re only 12! It has been an awesome experience and I can’t wait to see what happens next”