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Vow of (Silence)

On November 30th, young people around the world were ‘silent’ for 1 to 24 hours in solidarity with children who are being silenced by poverty and exploitation. The Vow of (Silence) is a Free The Children initiative that is meant to attract as much attention as possible to raise awareness and create real social change. Richland students, staff and Faculty took part in the campaign for a third consecutive year to ‘take a stand’ for children’s well-being worldwide and give a voice to the millions of children around the world whose basic rights have not been upheld.

Holiday Charity Initiatives

This holiday season, the Richland community is helping to make a difference!

We recently participated in the Out-of-the-Cold drive, where we collected gently used coats, scarves, winter hats, mitts, boots and snow-pants under our ‘Giving Tree’ for local Richmond Hill families. We are also supporting the Family Giving Program, ‘Holiday Heroes,’ where each school division is collecting new donations to support 3 York Region families. These projects are an extension of Richland’s ongoing commitment to community service.

‘Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club’ Calendar

The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, Canada’s first women-only boxing club, presents a 2012 calendar in support of Shape Your Life. The calendar features 12 powerful images of Toronto’s toughest female boxers, including Richland Academy’s Grade 5/6 Teacher, Megan Cooney.

The calendars are being sold at $20 each with part of the proceeds going toward Shape Your Life, a recreational boxing program for female and trans survivors of violence.

Fundraiser for Haiti

In celebration of World Kindness Week, Richland Ambassadors hosted a ‘Fundraiser for Haiti’ event. As part of the Fundraiser, students took orders for Me to We Artisans jewellery, a line of original accessories handcrafted by artisans in Free The Children countries across the globe, as well as customized, ethically-produced Me to We Style t-shirts and scarves that express our commitment toward Free The Children initiatives.

With the generous support of our Richland Community, we raised $560 towards our $8,000 goal of Adopting-a-Village in Haiti. With the environmental impact of our Me to We Style order, we saved 3.96 lbs. of pesticide and 12 trees were planted on our behalf.

We Day 2011 Inspires a Generation of Change-makers

On September 27th, several of our Student Ambassadors had the privilege of attending Free The Children’s We Day at the Air Canada Centre. The event was a day of celebration and inspiration, empowering youth to make positive change in the world, and included words from influential global leaders and social activists, with performances by cultural icons and entertainers: Co-founders of Free the Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger; Dr. Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams; Canada’s ‘Man in Motion’ Rick Hansen; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002 and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; Motivational Speaker Spencer West; the Kenyan Boys Choir; and artists Nelly Furtado, Nikki Yanofsky and Shawn Desmond, to name a few.