Shahien is attempting to do his part toward earning his trip to Eurpoe via odd jobs and asking for birthday donations toward the trip in lieu of gifts. The Amount he is seeking here ($1000) is a nice round number which would include the part of the trip he is "responsible" for earning himself and a little bit extra for spending. Hitting this number will neither make nor break the trip... but any help is greatly appreciated and will certainly make the trip more enjoyable and memorable for him! If he is able to raise more than that amount, the extra money will go toward spending money on the trip and beyond that into savings for future educational trips or opportunities. You can see more about his trip here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1591276XH
His personal note:
In the summer of 2015 I plan to embark on a journey to France & Spain, but in order to make this happen I will need to raise money, that is why for my birthday I would prefer money for my trip instead of a present or a gift card. I would appreciate the help.