One of the wonderful things about being a U2 fan is actually meeting and getting to know fellow fans. U2 is one of the most socially conscious bands in the world, but what is remarkable to me is the fact that so many of their fans are as well.
No one is a better example of this than an amazing young woman named Elsha Stockseth who is lovingly called “the biggest little U2 fan in the world.” I am quite sure many of you fans know and have been inspired by Elsha already. I know I have. Perhaps you were even lucky enough to meet her on the 360 Tour this year.
For those who may not know, Elsha has a form of Muscular Dystrophy. When she was born, her parents were told that she would probably not be able to do anything. Though unable to walk, Elsha has proved those doctors wrong. She graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and is a talented and award winning artist. She devotes her time to many important causes including ONE’s campaign to make poverty history and the African Well Fund which helps bring clean water to those who so desperately need it.
U2 is near and dear to Elsha’s heart. In fact, she has met the the band on a number of occasions. I do believe she holds a special place in their hearts as well.
Since 2006, Elsha has used her talent to design holiday cards which she sells and gives part of the proceeds to the African Well Fund. She recently revealed her new card design for 2011. She has now decided to call them “hEArt” cards (art with a heart) as some of them can be used for any occasion. You will notice a certain U2 reference here and there too! Purchasing the cards are a wonderful way of giving back to those in need this holiday season or any time of the year.
Here is more information on the card designs and how to order, her favorite charitable organizations , and the story of her remarkable life.
I wish you love and peace (or else!) this holiday season. May all your dreams be realized in 2012.