World Vision Canada

World Vision Canada

January 30, 2007 18:01 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Newmarket Declares February 2 Youth Aid Day as 70 Students Entertain for World Vision Fundraiser

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - The following corrects and replaces the release sent at 0700 ET on Jan. 30, 2007. The change is the third paragraph which explains which project the funds raised will go to. The designated project for these funds raised has changed. The complete and corrected release follows.

A passionate speech by 15-year-old Sacred Heart student Alex O'Brien of Newmarket has snowballed into a movement to raise funds to support a World Vision education project in Senegal. The campaign has already raised almost $20,000, culminating in a benefit concert on February 2 featuring a Juno-nominated musician, award-winning dancers, bands, karate demos and Honourary Chair Belinda Stronach.

"The time to change is here and now. It's time we turn words into actions," said O'Brien in a speech to her Grade 10 English class last year. "We can now start to work together as a society to truly make a difference. Nothing is impossible." Today Alex, along with students from four other schools, volunteers and corporate sponsors, are busy managing a major campaign that is far exceeding their initial expectations.

The funds they raise will be supporting a World Vision project to build three classrooms in Senegal. Only 69 per cent of school-age children in Senegal attend primary school and only 48 per cent of children complete it. With a youth illiteracy rate of 51 per cent, the education needs in this West African country are critical. There are not enough schools and the students who do attend are crowded into classrooms designed for less than half of the number of children.


- Newmarket has declared February 2 Youth Aid Day.

- Juno-nominated artist Glenn Marais will perform at the benefit, including his song Like a Child about children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.

- Belinda Stronach, MP for Newmarket-Aurora, endorses the campaign and benefit concert as honourary chair.

- Special guests will include Dave Toycen, president of World Vision, and
Tony Van Bynen, mayor of Newmarket.

- Corporate sponsors include Olympus Canada.

The Concert:
WHEN: Friday February 2, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Newmarket Theatre
505 Pickering Crescent (Leslie & Mulcock)
Newmarket, Ont. L3Y 8H1
TICKETS: $20 (available at 905-868-6639 or

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information, please visit

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