Media Alert: Event/Photo Advisory - I'm only one person, what difference can I make?



    Canada's leaders and socially conscious speakers inspire thousands of
    youth to take action

    TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - On October 19, more than 7,500 student leaders
from across Ontario will unite at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto for the first
National Me to We Day. An initiative led by Canadian-based organization Free
The Children, this unique event combines the energy and passion of Canada's
top socially conscious speakers who will share the message that one person can
make a world of difference.

    
    Highlights of the event:

    -   Presentations by Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, founders of
        Free The Children, LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret.), Irshad Manji, Mark
        Tewksbury and Justin Trudeau

    -   Celebrity host Ben Mulroney

    -   Musical performances by special guests Hanson performing songs from
        their inspirational new album The Walk, and also a performance by the
        2007 Canadian Idol winner, Brian Melo

    -   Cast members of Degrassi: The Next Generation will speak about their
        volunteer experience this past summer building a school in Kenya.
        Michel Chikwanine, a war-affected child, will share his first-hand
        experience growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the
        Great War of Africa

    "Me to We," the name of the event, is based on a philosophy coined by the
Kielburgers. It is a way of living that celebrates volunteerism, community
building and service to others. And that is the main message of National Me to
We Day! Inspired by the Millennium Development Goals, National Me to We Day
will educate and empower youth to 'THINK WE' and act as global citizens to
create change for a better world.

    WHAT:     National Me to We Day

    WHERE:    Ricoh Coliseum - 100 Princes' Blvd., Toronto

    WHEN:     October 19, 2007

    TIME:     9:30 am - 2:30 pm
              10:00-10:30       Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger
              10:30-11:00       LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret)
              10:35-10:40       Degrassi cast members
              11:00-11:10       Michel Chikwanine
              11:15-11:30       Justin Trudeau
              11:30-11:40       Musical performance: Brian Melo
              12:50-1:10        Irshad Manji
              01:25-1:40        Mark Tewksbury
              01:45-2:00        Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger
              02:00-2:30        Musical performance by Hanson
    

    AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger are
available for interviews on October 18th and October 19th. Please contact
Melissa Yaw to schedule a conversation.
    The National Me to We Day is made possible at no cost to students and
schools through the sponsorship and support of numerous companies and
organizations. The National Bank Financial is the title sponsor of the event.

    Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping
children through education, with more than one million youth involved in
innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995
by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has
a proven track record of success. Through the energy and passion of youth,
Free The Children has built more than 450 schools around the world and it
provides education for 40,000 children everyday. The organization has received
the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the
Children's Nobel Prize), the Human Rights Award from the World Association of
Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with
leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information please
visit www.freethechildren.com

    NOTE: General parking and a media feed in the media pit area will be
provided for all media and broadcast crews. Media will be able to take photos
during the event. Official photos will also be available on request by
contacting Melissa Yaw at melissa@freethechildren.com. Media will require a
Media ID to cover the event. For more information about National Me to We Day
visit http://www.freethechildren.com/metoweday.





For further information:

For further information: Melissa Yaw, Communications Coordinator,
Office: (416) 925-5894 ext 248; Event day call: (416) 528-9134

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