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Craig Kielburger to Speak at Trent: March 10

All are welcome to attend a talk by Craig Kielburger, founder of the NGO Free the Children, at Trent University's Athletic Complex at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. The event is sponsored the the Trent Central Students' Association, the Office of the Student Affairs, and the college cabinets. Tickets are available at the TCSA office.
Mr. Kielburger founded the NGO Free the Children when he was 12 in 1995 to help fight against child labour. When he was 13 years old, he met with then Prime Minister Jean Chretien while he was on a trade mission to India. Since then, he has met with countless world leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Mikhail Gorbechav, Al Gore, Pope Jean Paul II and many youth leaders. He has become known as a voice for the voiceless: a young person who is willing and able to stand up for the rights of children who do not have the opportunity to speak for themselves. Free the Children now focuses its attention on education and health care, and has built over 400 primary schools in over 35 countries and has shipped over $3 million US in medical supplies, as well as supplying school and health kits to children around the world. Mr. Kielburger and Free the Children have been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Canada AM, in the New York Times and by many other well-known media outlets.

Mr. Kielburger and his older brother Marc founded the organization Leaders Today in 1999 to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and volunteer on international trips to countries like Kenya, India, Thailand, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Mexico. Leaders Today also has motivational speakers available to visit schools and groups and to facilitate leadership programs tailored to the needs of the participants.

In fall 2004, the brothers released their newest book: "Me to We: Turning Self-Help on its Head" which has been met with resounding success. It contains stories written by Free the Children supporters such as Oprah Winfrey, Jane Goodall, Richard Gere, Desmond Tutu and others. The book and Mr. Kielburger's speech invite people to transform their lives through service to others, helping to create a better world for all.

For further information on Mr. Kielburger, visit www.freethechildren.com or www.leaderstoday.com.

Posted March 9, 2005

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