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Check in with Kyle Dine – 2015 140 Difference Microgrant Recipent

April 19, 2016
By: So Delicious

For nearly a decade, singer and songwriter Kyle Dine has dedicated himself to educating children about food allergies through music, songs, games, and puppetry. He performs at school assemblies across North America, and in 2015 he released a DVD titled “Kyle Dine & Friends” to help bring his messages of understanding, empathy, and support an even broader audience.

We were so moved by Dine’s work in the realm of food allergy awareness that we awarded him a 140 Difference micro-grant of $3,000 last year to help him spread his message even further. His 140 Difference grant application was short and sweet:

Donate a food allergy education DVD to every #foodallergy support group in North America. #140Difference

What can we say… we loved the idea! Below is a Q&A with Kyle to get you thinking about YOUR 140 character plan to make the world a better place.

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  1. How did you discover your passion for helping kids with food allergies? Knowing that if only something like this existed when I was a kid, it would have made a difference. If I saw a guy with food allergies telling me that it’s normal to have allergies, to not be embarrassed of them, to tell my friends and feel confident – it would have prevented a lot of risk-taking behavior and close calls.
  2. Last year you won a 140 Difference grant. Can you tell us a little bit about what you were able to accomplish with the funding? I was thrilled to win a grant and am very grateful to So Delicious! I wanted to reach as many people as possible with the grant, so I decided to offer my DVD to food allergy support groups. The grant covered the distribution of the DVD to 100 support groups which could then show it to group members or add it to their lending library.
  3. What advice would you give to someone participating in the 140 Difference this year? To think of unique and creative ways to spread food allergy awareness. We all have so much amazing info, tips and advice to share. If you can get that info out in a creative way you have a great shot at getting it seen.
  4. Looking forward, what do you have planned for 2016? I’m looking forward to getting my DVD into more places (e.g. schools and libraries) that will reach more children worldwide. It’s already overdubbed in Spanish, French and German, and I will be looking to add more languages to make it a true global resource.
  5. What advice would you share with someone who wants to help people with food allergies? Talk to others to get ideas and finesse your own. The food allergy community is filled with incredible people with so much collective expertise. Over the years I have connected with so many people who have given me ideas and feedback.

Now it’s your turn!

Learn more about Kyle Dine, including where he’s touring and how to order a DVD, on his website. Ready to win your own 140 Difference micro-grant? Apply by sending us a Tweet with #WorldsShortestGrant between April 21-May 31. Click here to learn more about the 2016 140 Difference.

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