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Supporters’ spotlight: Sears Canada
In celebration of International Day of the Girl 2014, Sears Canada partnered with Plan to make a difference through a special digital campaign. For every campaign image shared or re-tweeted through Facebook and Twitter, Sears donated $1 to send girls in developing countries to school. The campaign raised $29,359. This was part of Sears larger commitment to supporting Plan and helping young people in the developing world reach their full potential. Through their sponsorship and through the proceeds from the net sales of their trendy girls’ clothing line, Girl Confidential, Sears is supporting a community in Bangladesh to help the community members develop the tools they need and learn the skills to become self-sufficient. Through corporate philanthropy and sponsorship of campaigns like Day of the Girl, Sears is helping to give girls hope for a better, brighter future.
During a live social media event in Toronto, Princess Mabel van Oranje, from the Netherlands, joined Canada’s Minister of State and 40 young, Canadian women who discussed the importance of ending child and forced marriages. “Canada has made ending child, early and forced marriage a foreign policy and development priority,” said Minister Yelich. “This harmful practice threatens the lives and futures of girls and young women around the world.” The young women were unanimous in their call to action to stop the practice.
Spread the word – and the net
Mosquitos are the world’s deadliest creature. When infected with malaria, they kill nearly 584,000 people each year, more than any creature on earth. During mosquito season this year, Plan exhibited a wall of live mosquitoes that were shielded by a life-saving bed net at the Toronto Eaton Centre. The event generated awareness of malaria and our Spread the Net initiative. Since 2007, the campaign has protected the lives of more than 9.6 million people.
In celebration of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Plan installed a Post-It Note art installation in downtown Toronto, inviting passing consumers to write a message of inspiration for girls. An artist added each message to the 10-by-eight-foot installation, so that the notes accumulated and became an image of a baby girl’s face. Canadians took photos and also wrote notes about girls’ rights for a virtual wall at becauseiamagirl.ca and #BrighterFuture.
On International Women’s Day (March 8), Plan called on Canadians to create a brighter future for women and girls. Recognizing the connection between girls’ education and women’s empowerment, Plan teamed up with the Toronto District School Board’s Young Women on the Move initiative. Together, we hosted Girl-Powered Problem Solving, an inspiring event that brought together more than 400 girls and their mentors. The event raised awareness about the 63-million girls worldwide who are denied the right to go to school.
Strong girls, strong world
Plan Canada, YWCA Canada, YMCA Canada and Status of Women Canada announced a new program to implement 10 young women and girl-led projects across Canada. Strong Girls, Strong World empowers young women and girls to become leaders and agents of change by addressing issues that girls face in their communities, and will represent a diversity of girls nationwide. This is part of an ongoing partnership with Status of Women Canada and Plan’s first partnership with the Y’s.
Student Challenge winners
Rick Mercer is a celebrated comedian and co-founder of Plan’s Spread the Net initiative. This year, he and Plan announced the winners of our Spread the Net Student Challenge, a friendly, nationwide competition between schools that raises funds for malaria-preventing bed nets in Africa. The three winners were Algonquin College (in Ottawa), Kew Beach Junior Public School (Toronto), and John F. Ross Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Guelph). These top three schools raised $62,000 of the $150,000 total raised through the Challenge. The money went to bed nets that will prevent malaria-infected mosquitoes from biting children and their families at night. Canadian students are helping to save lives while increasing awareness of the challenges faced by children in developing countries.
Top 20 Under 20
This year, Plan acquired the Top 20 Under 20 Awards Program, which recognizes 20 extraordinary young Canadians under the age of 20 who demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation, achievement and community work. The 20 winners in 2015 reached more than 100,000 people through their own initiatives. “The Top 20 Under 20 leadership summit is all about voice,” one recipient said. “It allows us to find it, amplifies it and morphs it into a form that inspires, mobilizes and resonates with the global youth of today.”