Free The Children

Free The Children

November 13, 2011 08:00 ET

Hundreds of Local Youth Take a Stand to Support Children's Basic Rights

Free the Children's Annual Vow of Silence Event Kicks Off With Silent Youth Protest at Yonge-Dundas Square

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2011) - On Sunday, November 13, over one hundred youth (rain or shine) will march down to Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square and stand in solidarity with millions of their peers who have been silenced by poverty, disease and exploitation. They hope to raise awareness and encourage Torontonians to fundraise for this year's Vow of Silence (, organized by international charity and youth empowerment organization, Free The Children.


Come down, join the movement and watch as Free The Children volunteer youth (MOB)ilizers launch a silent protest, standing in solidarity with children growing up in developing communities without a voice. While there:

  • Meet a former child soldier and a community development worker in Kenya to learn about the issues facing youth in developing communities
  • Join the Silent Revolution and sign-up for this year's Vow of Silence
  • Get connected with others around the world taking the Vow of Silence through the interactive Wall of Silence.


In addition to witnessing the silent protest and signing up for this year's Vow of Silence, speak with:

- Michel Chikwanine ( – Me to We speaker and former child soldier, currently living in Toronto. -

- Robin Wiszowaty ( – Me to We speaker, author of My Maasai Life, and Free The Children's Program Director in Kenya.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Silent youth protest from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Yonge-Dundas Square

1 Dundas St. E.

Toronto, Ontario

About Vow of Silence:

In 2010, over 100,000 youths from 820 schools took Free The Children's Vow of Silence and remained silent for a combined total of 932,164 hours, equivalent to 82 years. This year's Vow of Silence campaign begins on Wednesday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. and runs for a 24 hour period ending Thursday, December 1, at 3:00 p.m. Students, corporations and the general public across North America and the UK will gather pledges to stay silent for 24 hours (no speaking, no texting and/or no emails), standing up for youth around the world who don't have a voice. Donations support children's rights by funding Free The Children's holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, providing education, alternative income projects, health care and clean water and sanitation systems in rural communities including Kenya, India and China. To learn more visit:

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