Usually, we do not care what people do with their lottery winnings, as it is theirs to do whatever they want with. However, one woman from Canada did something so amazing in 2013 we could not help but be intrigued.
Instead of spending her Quebecois lottery win on herself, Rachel Lapierre, a former Miss Quebec, used the money to start a charity.
Lifetime of giving
Lapierre won a lifetime salary of C$1,000 (£605) a week. "At first I couldn't believe it, but I didn't celebrate or shout it from the rooftop because I had made a promise to the universe and I was determined to keep it.
"I wanted to do something I loved for the rest of my life. I wanted to help others," she said.
She always loved volunteering, and after a stint running her own
"I pay for things such as our office rent and other administrative costs."
Le Book Humanitaire is located in Saint-Jerome, an area north-west of Montreal, and uses social media to connect those in need with people who can help.
The facebook page has 22,000 followers and allows people who are struggling to reach out for help. Members of the public are also able to advertise and announce what they would like to donate. "Let's say that you have clothes to give away. We will put you in contact with a family that needs those clothes and will allow you to go give them yourself," she explained.
"It's not only about material things. You might end up driving a cancer patient to a doctor's appointment."
This year alone, the charity has made 15,000 "direct actions", from furnishing an apartment for a family of Syrian
It’s not easy establishing your own charity and keeping it going, but it seems like Lapierre will find a way to continue changing the lives of those in need.
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