Over 67,000 sponsors in the GTA protect over 87,000 children around the world.

TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, development agency World Vision kicks off its month-long NO CHILD FOR SALE sponsorship campaign in the GTA, celebrating the generosity of area residents and challenging more to join their neighbours in the fight against child exploitation.

85 million children around the world are involved in the worst forms of child labour. They are tricked or forced into sexual service.  Sold into domestic slavery or early marriage. Pushed into dangerous work in mines, fields and factories. People in the GTA are fighting child slavery through World Vision child sponsorship.  In fact, over 67,000 GTA sponsors are already helping to protect more than 87,000 children.

Sponsorship gives a child the chance to go to school, drink clean water, eat healthy food, access medical care and live in a safe environment. Sponsorship also protects children from exploitation, so they don't have to work in dirty, dangerous or degrading situations. Sponsorship works. So children don't have to.

World Vision Ambassador and ET Canada Co-Host, Rick Campanelli, is spearheading the No Child For Sale sponsorship campaign and travelled to Cambodia with World Vision earlier this year.

"I've seen the need first-hand," says Campanelli, "and if anyone has ever thought about child sponsorship, don't think any longer. Just do it."

No child should ever be for sale. Join the fight to end child slavery by sponsoring a child at worldvision.ca.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca

Image with caption: "Rick Campanelli in Cambodia. Srey, 12 (far right) earns $2 a day working in a brick factory. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140501_C5858_PHOTO_EN_39803.jpg

Image with caption: "Toronto Sponsorship Infographic. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140501_C5858_PHOTO_EN_39802.jpg

SOURCE: World Vision Canada

For further information:

www.worldvision.ca  Media contact: Robin MacKenzie  647-535-3431 (mobile)


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