SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – February 17, 2015 – A budding entrepreneur is realizing his dream of traveling to China to complete humanitarian work, thanks in part to a generous donation from local fiber internet service provider, Beehive Broadband.
McKay Christensen, a local high school senior, is an accomplished violinist, a state championship track runner, a Student Body Officer, a 2014 Mathematics Sterling Scholar and most importantly—a self-proclaimed dreamer.
“I have always had a slight obsession with the idea of a humanitarian China trip. I’ve taken 2 ½ years worth of Mandarin Chinese classes, and worked and saved all last summer, but was still considerably short of my goal,” explained Christensen.
Not to be deterred, Christensen set to work finding alternative sources of funding, including writing to local businesses requesting a sponsorship to help him achieve his goal.
“When we received McKay’s letter, I was impressed with his determination and drive. Here is a kid that has scrimped and saved for a worthy cause, and has fallen short. Who among us has not been that young kid that needed that extra hand?” said Beehive Broadband General Manager, Scott Wilson. “McKay personifies the entrepreneurial spirit, and when the opportunity to be a catalyst in helping him achieve his goals was presented, we were eager to get involved. We love being a part of the communities we serve, and giving back whenever possible is one small way we can show our appreciation.”
“I had sent out countless letters to local businesses, but hadn’t received any responses, and so I had pretty much given up on the trip,” recalled Christensen. “But on Christmas morning, I opened a letter stating that Beehive Broadband had agreed to sponsor the remainder of my trip, and I bawled!”
With funding in place, Christensen will be departing for his 2-week trip to Xi’an, China in early March. While there, he will be working in an orphanage through a program with International VounteerHQ, and experiencing as much as the Chinese culture and lifestyle as possible.
About Beehive Broadband
Beehive Broadband is Utah’s premier fiber Internet service provider, offering dedicated connections to residential and business customers with speeds up to 1 Gbps, as well as TV and Voice services. For more information about Beehive Broadband’s packages visit www.BeehiveBroadband.com or call 800.615.8021.