While his voice may be recognizable from his morning radio show, Mahomet resident Tim Sinclair would like people to see the t-shirt he’s wearing from behind the microphone, a t-shirt that he believes can save the world a little bit at a time.
Sinclair, an on air personality with Christian radio station WBGL, recently launched THREE SIX TEES, an organization that helps people get involved with already existing charities that are meeting a variety of needs around the world.
THREE SIX TEES partners with those charities through the sale of specially designed t-shirts.
"The idea is to essentially encourage people to get involved with changing the world through charities that already are doing a great job," Sinclair said. "I don’t need to reinvent the wheel. The idea with a t-shirt is that you’re making a difference and you’re spreading the word with everybody you come in contact with that day."
A portion of the sale of each t-shirt goes directly to one of six different charities with which the project has partnered. Each partner represents a different need found in impoverished countries throughout the world.
Sinclair said he was inspired to start such a project after he and fellow morning show co-host, Pam Peoples went on a mission trip to Peru last summer with WBGL, where they were able to deliver shoes to orphans in that country.
"I came back last summer and I realized I wanted to do something, but wasn’t sure what that looked like," he said. "I didn’t have a whole lot of money or free time, and I can’t really travel a lot because I have two young kids."
After seeing impoverished areas of Peru, often bordered by affluent areas, Sinclair said he wanted to use "what he was able to" in order to make a difference. "I have some connections and influence because of my job here at the radio station and I’m a creative kind of person, so for me it was what can I do that involves my creativity and isn’t going to require a whole lot of money to start?"
A few months after returning from the trip he said he came up with the idea for the t-shirts project. "For years I’ve always looked at phrases that I would see and think, ‘that would make a hilarious t-shirt,’ that’s just how my brain works," he added. "So when I got back from Peru I thought maybe there’s something we could do with t-shirts that would make a difference.
"This idea started to form of what if we did something creative with fun t-shirts that look good and people enjoy wearing, but every single one can change a life in some way, shape, or form?" Sinclair said. "And as people wore them, other people would ask where they got them, it would self-market and you would be wearing what you believe. That’s why the tagline is ‘Where Heart Meets Sleeve,’ because it’s the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve."
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