About Free The Children
Free The Children was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, an an international child rights activist. The main goal of the organization is to free children from poverty and exploitation. Free The Children also wants to spread the word that young people around the world can make a positive difference. More than one million youth are involved in FTC’s education and development programs throughout 45 different countries. Free The Children has received many awards such as the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah’s Angel Network, as mentioned on the Free The Children website.
Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and school rooms around the world and has reached more than one million young people through outreach in North America.
One of their corporate partners: Air Canada’s Kids Horizons
Air Canada works with hundreds of charities and non-profit organizations. Being partners with Free The Children, Air Canada proudly provides air transportation for ill and less wealthy children’s dreams to come true. Kids’ Horizons’ main goal is to make a difference and to offer various programs for sick Canadian children.
Here are a couple of Kids’ Horizons main initiatives:
This is a change collection program where change can be collected on board Air Canada flights and in several different airports, but mainly in Maple Leaf Lounges. It is a small and easy way to make a huge difference in children’s lives.
Every month at the SickKids and BC Children’s hospitals, Air Canada pilots read stories to ill children. At the end, honorary pilot certificates and courage medals are given to the children.
There are two more initiatives: One child and Closest to the pin. To read more about them: Visit their website!
I believe Kids’ Horizons is an amazing program and I think (I know!) they make a big difference. The cause of sick children is very important to me, because I lost a cousin of young age to cancer many years ago, and it is still difficult for me to understand that nothing could’ve cured him. Luckily, charities like Kids’ Horizons and Free The Children help many children every year, either by making their dreams come true or by donating money to hospitals.
Soon, I will publish posts about how I raised money for Free The Children and about my participation in the Relay for Life.