Local youth learn to make a difference
Exploitation, thirst, hunger and disease – these are the obstacles global communities face in their search for freedom. During the week of April 16th, Girls Go Global and Comox Kids Make True Difference brought awareness to these four obstacles by hosting a weeklong series of events at Ecole Robb Road. Each day a different obstacle was featured, displays were hosted throughout the school and daily quizzes were held for students.
The week wrapped up with an inspirational evening talk presented by global speaker Spencer West of Free the Children (pictured). Spencer travelled from Toronto to Ecole Robb Road to share his life story from childhood to now living with the absence of his legs. Spencer spoke about overcoming stereotyping and bullying, about finding meaning and happiness in a material world and how he never lost the hope or courage needed to mount personal obstacles. In the past, Spencer has travelled to Kenya to build schools for the Masai Mara. Spencer is now planning to Redefine Possible by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in June 2012. Through this effort he is raising money for water projects in Kenya, as a means to give back to communities in Kenya that are struggling with a drought. West will use a wheelchair and then a combination of willpower, arm power and two friends.
Local community builder Zac Whyte was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Zac, an inspiration leader in his own right has worked with Free the Children by coordinating a major project called Connecting with Kenya that raised $47,000 for Free the Children projects in Kenya. Zac Whyte is a leader in our community known for challenging the status quo. He connected with every member in the audience with his personal experience of making changes in his life by having the freedom to act.
By the end of the week, over $954 was raised which was doubled by a generous donor from the audience during the final celebration. Thus a grand total of $1908 went to Spencer West's Redefine Possible campaign for water projects in Kenya.
Girls Go Global came together with Comox Kids Make a True Difference to make a difference in their community. They have gone on to affect the lives of young and old by bringing the focus to how, as individuals, we have the freedom to act and make a difference. As a result of these youth in action groups, many local business leaders in the community are considering consistently designating a percentage of their profits towards charity.
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