Beginning on August 22, 2009 ACCESS will be holding its annual School Supply Drive, benefiting students in developing countries. This is the youth-run non-profit organization’s fourth year hosting the drive, which promotes local activism and supports education internationally. Drop-off locations include St. Marguerite d’Youville Church and St. Anthony’s Church in Brampton.
All donations will benefit school children in developing countries including Tanzania, Africa. Canadian Food for Children, founded by Dr. Andrew Simone, will be shipping and distributing the supplies. All monetary donations will directly support ACCESS education projects in Tanzania, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
Previous drives have been highly successful, with a multitude of donations received in both monetary donations and new school supplies. Acceptable items include basic materials such as pencils and pens, pencil crayons, sharpeners, erasers, lined paper, notebooks, rulers and more. A more comprehensive list of suggested supplies can be found on the event website, www.accesscharity.ca/
Fair Trade Certified organic chocolate and sugar products will also be sold at the event, to raise funds and spread the message about ethically produced goods. Fair Trade results in improved standards of living for producers, and high-quality products for consumers.
To confirm attendance and invite others to the drive, see the Facebook event page “4th Annual ACCESS School Supply Drive”. A video entitled “Bring Change” has also been created to promote the fundraiser, which can be viewed below, or on the event website.
ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. is a youth-run organization aiming to provide needy children in the developing world with school uniforms and necessary school supplies, enabling them with the opportunity to obtain an education for a successful life. ACCESS also aims to educate North American youth about related world issues, and to inspire them to make a difference globally. For more information and resources, please visit www.accesscharity.ca.
Media Inquiries: Kody Robinson, Public Relations Coordinator
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