Written by: Richard Lee-Thai – Grade 11
Hello Patriots! You might have already heard that we’re doing a fundraiser for the international charity, Free the Children. The fundraiser will be running from February 17 to 27. Here’s a run-down of what they do and how you can help.
Who are they?
Free the Children (FTC) works with communities around the world, providing with them with the tools to break the cycle of poverty. They work in countries such as Kenya, Ecuador, India and many more. (Where We Work)
In addition, they encourage youth to be agents of change. You may have heard of We Day before. If you haven’t, it’s an event that brings together thousands of youth, educators and celebrities for a day of inspiration. A number of Pearson students volunteered or attended We Day Alberta 2014 and we came back inspired to make change in our own school.
So what are we doing?
This year is the Year of Empowerment. FTC’s goal is empower women overseas by providing with them resources and skills to take charge of their future. (Year of Empowerment) As such, Leadership students have decided to organize two campaigns: We Create Change and We Are Rafikis.
How can you help?
For We Create Change, Period 2 classrooms have been provided with envelopes in order to collect spare change. For every $50 raised, a goat is provided to an overseas family.
As an incentive, there will be a competition between Period 2 classes and the top three classes that raise the most money will win prizes!
- 1st place = Pizza Party
- 2nd place = Cake
- 3rd place = Doughnuts
For We Are Rafikis, Leadership students will be selling Rafiki Chains in the cafeteria during lunchtime. Rafiki Chains are bracelets handmade by artisans in Kenya. Rafiki is Swahili for “friend,” so it’s perfect to buy as a gift for someone.
Bracelets are $10 each and come in 5 different designs, each going towards a certain cause. For example, purchasing the Education chain will provide 1 year of school supplies for someone. The money from buying a bracelet will go towards your classroom competition total.
Why should I care about all of this?
Sometimes we can forget that we’re so lucky to be living in a country where we have access to education and clean water. It’s important that we give back to those less fortunate. We have to ask ourselves whether or not we really need to buy that double-double coffee, or if the money would be better used going towards an overseas family.
In short, these small acts of kindness can add up to have a big impact. If every student within the school donated just $1, we would have over $1600. That’s amazing to think about. I’d like to end with this quote:
One Pearson student’s volunteer experience at We Day: https://pearsonpress.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/we-day-alberta-2014-thechangeisinourhands/
We Create Change – http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/campaigns/we-create-change/
We Day – http://www.weday.com/what-is-we-day/