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World Vision Canada

April 27, 2007 10:00 ET

World Vision Announces Youth Ambassador Winners

Three 30 Hour Famine participants selected to travel to Africa

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) -

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Katrina Walters of Abbotsford, B.C. has won a national World Vision Youth Ambassador competition and a trip to Tanzania this summer. Walters is one of three winners-all World Vision 30 Hour Famine participants-who will spend two weeks sharing and learning about global affairs alongside fellow youth leaders in Tanzania.

"I'm excited about getting to experience the people of Africa. This is something that I've wanted to do since I was a little girl and this is just another step," says Walters. "Eventually I'm going to get my pediatric nursing degree. I want to go to Kenya and open up clinics out there for children. This is going to open my eyes to what I'm going to be doing in the future."

Walters, 16, will travel to Tanzania with fellow World Vision Youth Ambassadors, Audrey Allan, 17, of Montreal, Que. and Ann Marie Medland, 17, of London, Ont. After a rigorous interview and selection process, these three young women stood out from among 100 applicants as exceptional leaders in their schools and communities with an interest in advocating for the poor.

The World Vision Youth Ambassador competition was launched in February as part of the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. The goal is to challenge youth to become engaged in global issues. The competition was open to World Vision 30 Hour Famine participants between the ages of 16 and 25. An estimated 100,000 youth participated in the 2007 World Vision 30 Hour Famine, Canada's largest and longest-running youth event that was held on April 13 and 14. The event is projected to raise more than $5 million for World Vision programs.

"The Youth Ambassador program hopes to shape the global citizens of the next generation," said Henry Vanderspek, youth program manager with World Vision. "These students are our future leaders. They want to be aware of the plight of their neighbours, both in Canada and abroad, and do what they can to be part of the solution."

As World Vision Youth Ambassadors, the three Grade 11 students will gain a first-hand knowledge of global issues and see World Vision community projects in action. They will spend the next year engaging other Canadian youth by sharing stories about their trip to Tanzania and mobilizing their peers to become advocates for the poor.

"I'm continually inspired by Canadian youth and their concern for the well-being of people overseas. The fact that 100,000 teens did the 30 Hour Famine shows there is indeed hope for the future," says Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision. "These three young women have distinguished themselves as being passionate about poverty issues. I believe that their experiences in Tanzania will be just the beginning for them."

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 WorldVision.ca.

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