55 thousand countries have been given programming and building projects, 16 hundred thousand schools and school rooms have been built, 1 hundred thousand women are now economically self-sufficient, and over 2 hundred thousand people have experienced We Day!
Since 1995, Free The Children has been able to accomplish all of this, plus more. They’ve found a way to encourage a new generation of change makers, while directly making a positive impact on our world at the same time.
Good morning my beautiful friends, how have you been? I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while, but I’m here now and excited to share the results of my gala in support of Free The Children with you. As you are aware, throughout my reign, it is my responsibility to build a platform for myself involving causes that I feel passionately about. Thankfully, this came naturally to me considering I’ve been working on my platform since I was able to walk and talk. Free The Children has become one of the organizations that have inspired me to be the change I wished to see in the world and made me believe that you are never too young to make a difference.
At only 17 years old, I am privileged to say that I’ve participated in multiple We Bake for Change events, Vows of Silence and have experienced We Day 4 times. Yet, despite all that i have done, I still feel like I haven’t done enough. My goals will not yet be 100% achieved until I am physically in Kenya, Ecuador or India, putting in the work myself and forming relationships with locals to better understand their daily struggles. This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I hope that one day, I’ll be able to make it a reality.
Everyone attended this event for a different reason; however it was my hope that they would all leave with a greater sense of knowledge on the organization and some desire to better our world. All it takes is one person to make a difference, and so I encouraged everyone to let that person be them. One of Free The Children’s founders Craig Keilburger once said,
“The change starts within each one of us. And ends only when all children are free to be children”
I asked my audience to think about this for a moment. I wanted them to realize that there are so many places where our help is needed, and yet we stand back. Here in Canada, in our fast pace, tech savvy world, we fail to think of the greater picture. We don’t see the point in doing something if it won’t directly benefit us, but it CANT be that way. There’s far more to life than our first world problems and it’s crucial for us to take action NOW!
Attending my event that night meant that they had all taken their first step towards being a change maker, their next responsibility is to ensure that they never stop walking.
I’ve been supporting Free The Children for about 8 years now and by taking a look at me on a regular day, you would know that. From my branded water bottles and note books, to the Rafiki on my wrist and t-shirt on my back, I support this organization. I support them in this way for two main reasons:
- 50% of the proceeds go directly towards fundraising all of their amazing initiatives
- I wear, carry and use these items because I am an advocate, and a true advocate doesn’t take any day’s off.
All in all, this event was an absolute success! We began the evening with an amazing dinner, welcoming speech by myself and a presentation by Free The Children representative Caro. After some great entertainment and fun in the photo booth, we ended it off with a live auction, silent auction, games and some awesome raffles. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this event so successful, a list of some of the sponsors can be found on a past blog post here and of course, my family & friends for their constant support.
I’m not going to announce how much was raised for now, as I want to save that for another time! But let me tell you, we absolutely did make a difference that night!
Never forget to Be The Change!
Michela P. <3