$25-Million Milestone: Plan Canada's Promise a Future Campaign Tackles Root Causes of Poverty



    Projects fund Health, Education and Habitat Programming in
    World's Least Developed Nations

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - It all started with a $1-million donation to
bring sustainable development solutions to some of the world's least developed
countries. What resulted was Plan Canada's Promise a Future campaign, an
innovative and bold initiative, with an aggressive $25-million fundraising
goal. Today, having impacted 3 million children and their families so far,
Plan announces reaching that landmark goal and celebrates with A Promise Made,
A Promise Kept: a gala event at Casa Loma in Toronto. Kicking off the night
with a spirited performance by the renowned African Children's Choir (as seen
on Idol Gives Back and The Ellen Degeneres Show) the event will bring together
some of Plan's biggest corporate and individual supporters to celebrate the
achievements of the campaign to date, including:

    
    -  103 schools constructed or renovated, providing almost 88,000 students
       a safe, sound learning environment; and nearly 9,000 teachers trained
    -  65 health clinics built, and another 200 provided with new medical
       equipment
    -  Over 6,000 vaccinations administered, and 12,500 children and youth
       receiving HIV and AIDS treatment
    -  65,000 trees planted to decrease soil erosion, improve the environment
       and enhance crop production.

    WHO:      Plan Canada, with special performances by:
              The African Children's Choir
              Samba Squad and Samba Kidz
              Njacko Backo

    WHAT:     Promise A Future: A Promise Made, A Promise Kept Gala

    WHERE:    Casa Loma
              Toronto, Ontario

    WHEN:     Monday, June 23, 2008
              6 - 9:30pm
    

    About Plan Canada
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    Plan Canada is part of Plan, an international, humanitarian,
child-centered development organization with no religious or political
affiliations. Child sponsorship is the basic foundation of the organization.
Plan works with 1.3 million children in 49 developing countries. Gender
equality is a principal guideline for all Plan programming. Canadians can
support the call to action for gender equality at plancanada.ca.




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Workshop, (416) 504-3977 ext. 28, Cell: (416) 540-8433,
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