Oprah's Yard Sale raises $600,000 for education for African Girls

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 4th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ovql_hmt/
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Oprah Winfrey's clutter brings $600,000 for her African school.

Reason for the Sale

The South African school that Oprah Winfrey built and funds is graduating more than 70 young ladies each year. People who have put their own children through college know how expensive it is. So imagine trying to fund over 70 young people's college educations each year. People will know that footing that bill will be difficult – even for Oprah. Oprah decided the best way to make a lot of money quickly was through decluttering her homes and letting go of many of her personal items.

Being a Celebrity Increases the Value of "Junk"

In order to provide for the school and the college educations of her school's graduates, Oprah had what many are calling the biggest yard sale ever. She sold personal items from her homes in California, Hawaii, and Illinois. However, the benefit of being Oprah is that -- instead of selling trinkets and knick-knacks for $.25 a piece, or for less than half the retail value -- Oprah was able to sell many items for far more than they were worth at her auction. Oprah's sale featured buyers who were there in person, bidding over the phone, and bidding online. Although the exact amount of the proceeds has yet to be totaled, several sources indicate that Winfrey made more than $600,000.

OWLAG

Winfrey opened her school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in 2002 for 8-12 graders. According to the OWLAG website, the first graduating class was in January of 2012 with 72 students, all of whom have been accepted to college either in Africa or in the United States. The next January, another 68 students graduated -- 59 accepted admission at South African colleges, 9 will pursue college internationally. Winfrey selects academically gifted students of limited financial means to attend her school. She expects these girls to excel at their studies, then return to their homes in leadership positions. She hopes that these newly educated young women will be instrumental in ending cycles of destitution and poverty that define many parts of Africa today.

Oprah's Attitude of Gratitude

Oprah Winfrey credits (former) South African President Nelson Mandela for his commitment to peace in South Africa, without which a school might not be possible. Mandela's wife was able to attend the first graduation ceremony of Winfrey's school. She also credits Martin Luther King Jr, and every person who gave her the chance to become as rich and famous as she is today. She finds that the school is a very fulfilling way to give back and positively influence future generations.

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author avatar Retired
4th Nov 2013 (#)

This was a very informative piece! It is great to see what Oprah has done to help out these girls.

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author avatar joyalariwo
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Well I say, way to go Oprah!thanks for sharing this Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you both! Oprah is a great lady, for sure.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Nov 2013 (#)

So inspirational! Oprah is using her fame and fortune to help others. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us, Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks for this uplifting share, Phyl. Giving back to society like Oprah does touches our hearts. She is setting a great example for others everywhere. As the famous saying goes - educate a man, then you educate him, but educating a woman means educating a generation - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Siva, I was not familiar with that saying. I love it! Thank you always for your kind words.

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author avatar waterhorse
11th Nov 2013 (#)

That's a lot of money to make from a yard sale!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Nov 2013 (#)

I agree, Waterhorse! But then again, Oprah doesn't do things on a small scale, does she?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Nov 2013 (#)

how wonderful is this Phyl and deserves a tweet!!! which I did

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
20th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you, dahling!! Numbers are up today as a result -- THANKS!

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3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Hi again Miss rose. Please write some articles so I can get to know you better. I appreciate the offer to connect directly, but confess that I prefer group communication through articles and comments. Best wishes and welcome to Wikinut!

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author avatar Nadine May
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Nice article. I miss her TV shows.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Me, too, Nadine. Me, too. Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th May 2014 (#)

If each of us imbibes even 5% of what Oprah stands for, the whole world would be so different.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
16th May 2014 (#)

Pthrikha -- what a great thought! There are so many out there who take everything and more than the givers can give -- and it makes the givers reluctant in their giving. The attitude you propose would solve many of the world's tough problems!

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