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Global Citizen Week activities

Global Citizen Kelowna presents Global Children’s Villages, a free family event Feb. 16 to kick off the 2013 Global Citizen Kelowna Week.

“The aim of Global Children’s Villages to host this event is to bring awareness to its global responsibilities through fun-filled and educational activities that will give children insight into the lives of others around the world,” said Nico Deschner, event coordinator.

“It is a family event with activities especially geared for elementary aged children, that simulate several villages in countries from around the world.

“The community is invited to come and explore the culture, diversity, and hope of children in our global community.”

Through the simulated villages, said Deschner,  participating children realize kids are the same throughout the world—they all want to have fun.

“Most importantly this event teaches young children that through their actions and teamwork, they have the power to make the world a better place,” she said.

One can visit the simulated slum where lack of resources limit a child’s  daily activities. Despite this, children continue past the slum and play soccer with a ball made of newspaper in Kenya, manoeuvre through an obstacle course on a broken bicycle in Ghana, and practise balancing skills in Zambia.

At every village each child will receive a stamp in their passport, and receive gold coins.

Children are then able to use these coins to invest in changes in the slum—projects like, build a school or health clinic or supply water—and otherwise make a less fortunate child’s life richer.

The event cultivates a thankfulness for the opportunities some children around the world have and a sense of hope for helping those who do not have the same opportunities, Deschner said.

The event takes place next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the New Life Auditorium.

For additional informationsee www.globalcitizenkelowna.org/gcv

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JCI Okanagan and SunFM wills sponsor a presentation entitled  ‘Transforming Lives Through Education’ on Feb. 20.

This Global Citizen Kelowna event will showcases two speakers who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Taylor Conroy and Rhonda Draper will offer inspiration on how they have transformed their lives through education.

Conroy is the keynote speaker and founder of Change Heroes.

She was inspired to create a way for any ordinary person to raise $10,000 in three hours.

That idea has led to partnerships with Free the Children and Room to Read to build schools and libraries in developing nations and has changed thousands of lives.

A Kelowna high school grad, Conroy has had a remarkable career and has a host of Ted talks and international speaking experiences under his belt.

Rhonda Draper, a music teacher, is founder of Month of Love.

Draper has inspired   her students to give up one thing in their lives for one month to improve the lives of hundreds of others.

The first campaign raised $13,000 and led to the creation of the Glenmore Elementary Book Mobile, which delivers books to impoverished schools in and around Kampala, Uganda.

The event will also feature the Global Marketplace, open before and after the presentations, where more than 30 local NGOs will be on hand to showcase how local groups are supporting the UN Millennium Development goals in their own unique ways.

Global Citizen Kelowna Week is an opportunity for all citizens to celebrate the local actions that make an impact towards a better world.

To highlight the actions that many take to inspire change around the world, JCI Okanagan has launched a contest this year to earn free tickets to the Speaker Series event.

Share what you are doing to make a difference in the world at the website www.globalcitizenkelowna.org/free-tickets-SS.

Fill out the entry form and find more information on the Speaker Series and other GCK events.

Tickets for this event at $15 (or 10 for $100) and are available for purchase at 10,000 Villages or online at www.globalcitzenkelowna-speakerseries.eventbrite.ca/.

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