Youthful Entrepreneur: Farney makes a difference

Meg Farney, senior, poses with the planted mugs she sells to donate money to the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center.

Ashley Zellers

Meg Farney, senior, poses with the planted mugs she sells to donate money to the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center.

Meg Farney, senior, was waiting for an opportunity to make a difference in the world when she came up with the idea to plant flowers in mugs that people donated to her and sell them. Unlike other young people who start their own business, Farney didn’t want to make a profit. Instead, she wanted to use the money to help the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center.
Farney says she has already received an outpouring of support from people either wanting to buy flowers or donate their own mugs. To date, she has gotten about 45 mugs donated and sold about 20 of them.
“The support I have received has been amazing. Within the first two days, I had gotten tons of mugs donated and people looking to buy flowers,” Farney said. “Everyone has been so generous supporting my project.”
In considering different organizations she could support, the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center was the obvious choice for Farney. The center is an organization that provides services to women and men who have been victims of sexual assault. They operate a 24-hour crisis hotline and provide a free and confidential space for survivors to go. Additionally, the center provides advocates, or trained professionals in a specific area, to survivors.
“[The center] was important to me because I am passionate about bringing awareness to sexual assault,” she said. “A lot of my friends have stories where they were affected by this and I want to do my part to help.”
Maddie Housley, senior, bought a mug from Farney.
“I bought a flower to support Meg and because I thought it was a great cause that it was going to,” Housley said. “Without her doing this I wouldn’t have thought of this cause so it’s really great she’s bringing awareness to the issue.”
Farney is still accepting donations of mugs and is selling each mug with flowers for $10 each. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to contact her through her account on Instagram dedicated to this project: Flowers4Survivors.
G Rodriguez, senior, supported the project as soon as she heard about it.
“When I heard about it, I thought it was a really creative idea that went to a great cause,” Rodriguez said. “I thought it was a great idea especially since sexual assault and harassment is a growing problem. It was really great that [all the money] goes to benefit a local organization.” Story was supposed to be published in the March issue of the Spotlight.