The Lakes District Secondary School Rotary Interact Club started six years ago trying to make a change not only in the community but abroad. The students have helped raise money for shelter boxes, food drives, penny drives and the rotary auction.
Last year, the students collected pennies, with the help of the community, and raised $2000 that meant water for life for 80 people. As a result, they were invited to this WE Day Vancouver on Oct. 18. The event was an amazing experience for 12 students in the Interact Club. Speakers such as; Kofi Annan, Romeo Dallaire, Martin Luther King III, Marc and Craig Kielburger (co-founders of Free the Children) and many more. Artists such as Hedley, Down with Webster and Avril Lavigne with Chad Kroeger aslo appeared.
This years theme for Free the Children is “Education”. The students will be out their again this year with their containers collecting change. Every $20 collected equals one brick. It takes 500 bricks to build a school in a developing country.
Also the students will be out at Halloween for We Scare Hunger. Instead of collecting candy the students will be going door to door for non-perishable food items that will be donated to our local food bank.
Other ideas the students wish to pursue are: Selling Rafiki Friend Chains (made by a Masaai mamain Kenya) and We are Silent on April 17 the students will be silent so others can be heard – whether it be bullying, hunger, access to education.