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Musician Stevie Wonder once said, “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”
Two Port Colborne students are hoping to use their abilities to make a difference in Africa this summer.
Arden Bull, a Grade 12 student, and Carly Richardson, a Grade 11 student, both at Port Colborne High School, are planning a trip to the Maasai Mara region of Kenya but still need to raise the money to get there.
Port Colborne High School students Arden Bull and Carly Richardson display a newspaper article on the Me to We organization. The pair are planning to take a trip to Kenya with the organization this summer. Photo by Lindsay Costello
They will be travelling through the Me to We organization. Me to We was founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger in partnership with Free the Children, the “world’s largest network of children helping children through education.”
The students will be responsible for helping to build a school and a water system in a local community.
Although they have already paid their deposits, they still need to raise $4,000 each to participate in the three-week trip beginning on June 30.
The pair’s most recent fundraising effort is organizing a benefit concert at the Hub, at 72 Charlotte St. in Port Colborne.
The concert will take place Feb. 26 and will feature local musicians.
The idea for a concert came about after the girls spoke with a friend who had held a similar benefit last year and suggested they do the same.
Although they are still in the process of contacting local bands and figuring out the details, Bull says she is hoping for a successful event.
She says she has known about Free the Children since elementary school, but attending We Day, an annual conference put on by the organization to promote social change, “jump-started” their plans to take the trip.
She says she is “very excited” about travelling to Africa.
“I think I will take in and remember a lot more volunteering there than locally,” she says. “I’m expecting a bit of culture shock, which I think will make this experience really memorable.”
The duo is also planning more fundraisers throughout the year to reach their goal including a Kenya-themed dinner and a raffle.
Anyone wishing to help can email Bull at email@example.com or Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.