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From Snow Lake to Ecuador

Photo by COLLEEN CAIRNS

~ Marc Jackson ~

The Me to We Committee members received a $500 donation from the Snow Lake Health Auxilliary: standing from left, Phyllis Verbeek, Betty Rudd, Camie Longmuir, Agnes Hornyak, Kyla Spruyt, Mercedes Longpre, Holly McLaughlin, Iona Gaudet, Katie Spruyt, Jessica Longpre, Evelyn Webb, Brady Kowalchuk, Amanda Amorim, Taylor Kowalchuk, Evan Galiz; front, Christian Fisher

A small group of socially minded Snow Lake youth called the Me to We Committee is making a difference on a global basis. They have raised $10,000, which will go towards building a school in Ecuador. Last year some of the same students raised $8,500 in funds to build a school in Ghana. Amanda Amorim is the counsellor at Snow Lake’s J.H. Kerr School and a staff supervisor of the committee. She explained that, motivated by what they experienced at We Day, the local group set a goal for itself at the outset of the school year. The hope was to raise sufficient funds to build a school in a developing country. With a late May donation from the Snow Lake Health Auxilliary, and the proceeds from a recent dinner concert the group catered, they managed this feat. We Day is an annual event attracting 16,000 students from 408 schools across Manitoba, and it aims to inspire and empower those youth to make a difference. Me to We is a for-profit social enterprise founded in 2008 by Canadian brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. The initiative provides socially responsible products and services and donates half of its profits to the charity Free the Children.

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