We Create Change

Times-Herald Staff
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Change will soon be put on centre stage.

Free the children

We Create Change, a ten week, nine province, ninety stop road trip will be stopping at the Westmount Elementry School on May 27. for 400 students who have supported Free the Children and their global initiatives.

Robyn Bluestein, associate director of public relations and publicity for free the children and the We Create Change tour, told the Times-Herald that the event is meant to celebrate what the students who've supported  their peers in developing countries around the world who don't have access to education. She said they have held bake sales, hosted school dances and held fundraisers.

"It's amazing what these kids are doing," Bluestein said. "The whole point of the tour is that we want to thank them for everything and kind of encourage them to continue growing and to continue with their goals."

Every year Free the Children supports a different cause. Last year the non-profit provided clean water for developing countries and this year the focus is education.

Bluestein said, for every $20 raised one brick for a school or school room is paid for. She added that $10,000 will build a full school or school room for students. 

The event will feature two influential speakers and Neverest, a MMVA nominated Canadian band. 

Speaking to the students will be Spencer West, a Free the Children advocate, who when he was five years old lost his legs and was told he would never be a functioning member of society. However, West hasn't let this hurdle stop him.

"He is really inspirational." said Bluestein. "Kids just love him. They are so motivated. They hang out after the show to get photos with him. It's amazing." 

West, however, knows talk is cheap without action and he's shown that having no legs hasn't stopped him.

"For the water innitiave to provided clean water to developing communities around the world, he walked 300 km on his hands from Edmonton to Calgary," said Bluestein, before adding that West has also climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The other keynote speaker is the 11-year-old activist, Hannah Alper. The youngster is a well-known social justice and eco-blogger, whose been touring with Free The Children since she was 9-years-old.

"She is such a well spoken, amazing little girl," said Bluestein. "You talk to her and you just can't comprehend that you are talking to an 11-year-old. She is so bright and so motivated and she is doing such a great job to try and better the community she lives in and the world globally."

Students will be able to have a question and answer session with the speakers and will also be given a chance to share how they have raised money for Free The Children and contributed to Moose Jaw.

The We Create Change stop kicks off on May 27 at 9 a.m.

Organizations: Free The Children, Westmount Elementry School, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Edmonton, Calgary, Mt. Kilimanjaro Moose Jaw

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