Canadian Network on Cuba

Canadian Network on Cuba

May 15, 2013 13:09 ET

Media Advisory: Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - Recently returned volunteers of the 21st "Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade" in Cuba invite you to a media conference. Forty-three Canadian from across Canada, ranging in age 13 to 73 from five provinces, just returned from their three week experience of life in Cuba as volunteer workers.

'Brigadistas', as they are known in Cuba, worked on a co-operative farm near Havana, and spent several days on the Isle of Youth at an urban garden. According to Dave Thomas, an executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba and three-year veteran of the brigade, "It was not all work and no play -- the Brigadistas socialized with Cubans, participated in Cuba's May Day parade, spent a day at the famous Varadero Beach, and toured the Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) and its museum."

University of Toronto student Peter Liakhov, who participated in the 2012 Che Brigade explained: "Each daily trip offered a glimpse at the life of the Cuban people in a way that you could never otherwise see." He concluded: "We saw a Cuba that was complex but beautiful, a human Cuba that's been too often hidden from our sight."

The 21st Brigade Members will be bursting to tell their own stories and experiences.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
3:30 pm
Committee Room 2
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West,

The Brigades are organized by the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC) and the Cuban Institute of Friendship (ICAP).

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