Brian Melo and Mayor Eisenberger kick off World Vision Campaign



    Hamilton high school hosts the Mayor and local celebs Rick Campanelli,
    Jesse Lumsden and Melo

    HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - On February 4, World Vision will launch the
Hamilton-Halton-Niagara 2600 Campaign at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School
with local celebrities and 700 high school students. Hosted by Hamilton native
Rick Campanelli, the launch event will feature a performance by Hamilton's own
Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo and special guest speakers Mayor Fred
Eisenberger and Hamilton Tiger-Cat Jesse Lumsden.
    Rick Campanelli and Jesse Lumsden will both speak of their experiences
visiting World Vision projects in Rwanda and El Salvador, respectively.
    The goal of the six-week Hamilton, Halton and Niagara 2600 Campaign is to
raise awareness among local residents about issues affecting children in
developing countries and to encourage them to sponsor 2,600 children in need
through World Vision by March 15th. "We believe that people in Hamilton,
Halton and Niagara are up to this challenge," says Kevin Chan, World Vision's
Ontario regional manager. "The generous people of the area already sponsor
22,361 children through World Vision."

    
    WHAT:           World Vision Hamilton-Halton-Niagara 2600 Campaign Launch
                    Event

    WHEN:           12:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2008

    WHERE:          Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School
                    145 Magnolia Drive, Hamilton, Ont. L9C 5P4

    INTERVIEWEES:   City of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger
                    Canadian Idol Brian Melo
                    Entertainment Tonight Canada Host Rick Campanelli
                    Hamilton Tiger-Cat Jesse Lumsden
                    World Vision spokespeople
    

    Sir Allan MacNab was chosen as the site for this campaign launch to thank
the students for their participation in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine. This
event, to be held April 11-12, involves 100,000 students from across Canada
annually.

    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. For more information, please visit WorldVision.ca.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Tiffany
Baggetta, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2485, (416) 677-4450 (cell),
tiffany_baggetta@worldvision.ca


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