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Youth Outreach Coordinator
HI – My name is Graham Bell. I have been an educator for the last 13 years, teaching at both primary and secondary levels in the UK and in international schools.
Think a group of teenagers can’t make a difference? Check out what students from Edmonton High School in Canada did to raise $72,000 for the fight against hunger.
Every year, students at WP Wagner High School in Canada put together a fundraiser involving students and local businesses. This year the proceeds from their annual Bike-A-Thon would go toward the WFP school meals program which is designed to ensure children get an education by providing a healthy meal during the school day. Ms Candice Short’s Leadership class challenged themselves and the rest of the school to raise $100,000 for hungry children around the world.
The 24-hour bike marathon united more than 800 students in the fight against world hunger. Although they did not hit their goal of $100,000, they brought awareness to their community, including the 20 businesses that donated for the fundraiser. According to the students, more important than the number of dollars raised was the number of lives changed. The event provided 290,000 children with school meals and inspired schools around the world to make a difference.
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