Canadian Olympic icon Cheryl Bernard and other personalities to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro to defeat child slavery
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Olympian Cheryl Bernard and a group of Canadian personalities are primed to deliver their peak performance as they make their final preparations to climb Africa's highest mountain. World Vision's 8-day #Kili4Kids expedition to help girls in crisis departs on June 12, World Day to End Child Labour. Preparations for the climb has been intense, requiring extensive training from all participants in order to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro and help vulnerable children one step at a time.
The funds raised for the #KiliClimb4Kids expedition will support World Vision's work to help girls and women experiencing slave-like labour, early child marriage, sexual exploitation and violence. Prior to the climb, the team will also be visiting communities in Tanzania to see how World Vision is empowering young girls who are forced into dirty, dangerous and degrading work.
There's still an opportunity for donors to help Cheryl and Team World Vision surpass their overall goal of $150,000. Each celebrity is offering signed head shots, Twitter or Facebook shout outs, set tours, curling lessons and matching tattoos as rewards for donors.
"Winning an Olympic medal for Canada was one of my proudest moments --- but performing on Africa's highest stage will be one of the greatest challenges in my life. It's going to be a tough grind, but I'm ready thanks to an intense training schedule --- and I'm motivated like never before because I know I'll be changing children's lives for the better. Summiting Kilimanjaro will take every ounce of the determination I had at the Vancouver games, but it will all be worth it knowing that we will be helping girls escape exploitation," said Cheryl Bernard, Olympic curling champion.
- Cheryl Bernard – 2010 0lympic silver medalist in curling. She is also a four-time Alberta women's champion, TSN Skins finalist and has maintained a top 5 status on the World Curling Tour.
- JD Scott – Host for HGTV and Great American Country, radio personality, older and wiser brother of Drew & Jonathan Scott (also known as the Property Brothers).
- Rick Campanelli – One of Canada's most popular TV personalities, Campanelli is best known as "Rick the Temp", a former MuchMusic VJ who now is seen nightly as the Co-Host for ET Canada.
- Globally, 85 million children are doing dirty, dangerous & degrading work across the globe
- More than 35% of Tanzanians live below the poverty line, about 40% live in chronic food-deficit areas and most girls of primary school age do not attend school.
HOW TO HELP
- Donate online at www.worldvision.ca/kili
- Sponsor a child in Tanzania to help children escape exploitation by creating economic alternatives for families and entire communities.
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. Visit our News Centre worldvision.ca
SOURCE World Vision Canada
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