Kardinal Offishall's trip to Africa documented by CTV's Etalk

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Coverage of Toronto Rapper Kardinal Offishall's humanitarian mission to the Horn of Africa with World Vision begins airing tonight on CTV's etalk at 7 p.m. ET, with the first of four segments. Three additional segments documenting the trip air daily on etalk until Nov. 17.

"This trip changed my life," says Kardinal. "I saw kids along the Kenya/Somalia border, five years and under, with nothing to eat, no water and not even a place to live," says the musician.

The Juno Award winner was taken to Africa last month by a team of World Vision staffers working in the famine zone with President and CEO Dave Toycen.

"I got to know a much different man beyond the Rap star," says Toycen. "Kardinal cares about kids and wants to help us save the lives of children".

Kardinal and Toycen's trip also involved a visit to a long term sustainable development where World Vision has been working for a number of years. The Canadian project is just two hours from the famine zone where, as Kardinal noted, "They built a greenhouse in the middle of a desert."

Kardinal Offishall is perhaps best known for his Billboard smash hit "Dangerous." In 2010 he starred along many Canadian stars in the Young Artists for Haiti group formed to assist earthquake victims.

This trip to East Africa was Kardinal's first exposure to a humanitarian disaster.

World Vision is working across the famine declared areas in Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tanzania and Dadaab Kenya, which are the world's largest refugee camp numbering 450,000 refugees.

Image with caption: "Kardinal Offishall visited the Horn of Africa with World Vision staff, to witness the effects of the drought. Left to right: Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada President, Kardinal Offishall, rapper and producer. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111114_C5656_PHOTO_EN_6675.jpg

Image with caption: "Kardinal Offishall (left) visited the Horn of Africa with World Vision staff. He was able to speak with a group of Kenyan children in a World Vision sponsored camp near the Kenya/Somalia boarder. World Vision's long-term development in this community has protected them from the worst effects of the drought. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111114_C5656_PHOTO_EN_6670.jpg

Image with caption: "Kardinal Offishall (left) visited the Horn of Africa with World Vision staff, to witness the effect of the drought on children. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111114_C5656_PHOTO_EN_6671.jpg

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Darryl Konynenbelt
 Interim Director World Vision/Vision Mondiale
 416.669.2602 cell 
905.565.6200x2496 
darryl_konynenbelt@worldvision.ca


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