B.C. Lions' head coach joins local MPs for opening of interactive African village

    Metropolis at Metrotown will host World Vision's One Life Experience AIDS

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - World Vision's One Life Experience, a 186
square-metre (2,000 square-foot) interactive AIDS exhibit, will launch on
February 19 at the Metropolis at Metrotown, Grand Court. Local MPs Peter
Julian (Burnaby - New Westminster) and Don Davies (Vancouver - Kingsway) will
join B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono, special guests from Tanzania and other
VIPs to open the exhibit.
    The One Life Experience exhibit returns to Burnaby in support of World
Vision's City Campaign for Children, which kicked off on February 2. The goal
of the six-week Vancouver Campaign for Children is to raise awareness among
local residents about issues affecting children in developing countries and to
encourage them to sponsor 3,000 children in need through World Vision by March
    Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the impact of HIV and AIDS by
experiencing the life of one of three African children through captivating
audio, authentic sets and powerful photography. The One Life Experience moves
visitors beyond the AIDS statistics to gain an understanding of why the
pandemic is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
    More than 40,000 people have visited World Vision's One Life Experience
since its Canadian tour launched a year and a half ago. This is the One Life
Experience's second trip back to the Metropolis at Metrotown. When it first
debuted in May, 2008, more than 3,500 visitors from the Greater Vancouver Area
passed through the exhibit over the course of nine days.

    WHAT:              Special preview for media and VIPs

    WHEN:              11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2009

    WHERE:             Metropolis at Metrotown, Grand Court
                       604 - 4720 Kingsway
                       Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4N2

    INTERVIEWEES:      Wally Buono, B.C. Lions head coach
                       Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby - New Westminster)
                       Don Davies, MP (Vancouver - Kingsway)
                       World Vision spokespeople

    World Vision's One Life Experience is a free exhibit open to the public
from February 19 - March 1. Exhibit hours coincide with regular mall hours.
Parental discretion is advised.

    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

    B-roll and photos available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Jessica
Parker, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2152, (416) 881-0732 (cell),
jessica_parker@worldvision.ca, www.worldvision.ca/onelife,

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