Closing Celebration (Calgary): Thursday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Mountain Park School, 312 Mount Douglas Close SE
About Spencer West
Spencer West lost both of his legs at the age of five as a result of a genetic disorder. He was told by doctors he would never be a functioning member of society. He has spent his entire life proving them wrong. Spencer is currently a motivational speaker for social enterprise, Me to We, which was founded by Craig and Marc Kielburger. Since he began speaking, Spencer has reached millions of people including students, educators, corporations, colleges/universities, faith-based groups and families with his encouraging words.
In 2008, Spencer travelled to Kenya on a volunteer trip with Me to We to help build a school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. He credits this experience for helping him recognize his true calling - to motivate and inspire people around the world.
Last June, Spencer successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising more than half a million dollars to bring sustainable clean water projects to communities affected by the drought in Kenya. This year, he is embarking on an 11-day walk from Edmonton to Calgary to raise money for Free The Children's year-long Water Initiative, with a goal of providing 100,000 people with clean water for life.
About Free The Children
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. Founded in 1995 by international activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children believes in a world where young people are free to achieve their fullest potential, and empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The organization's domestic programs-which includes We Day, Free The Children's signature youth empowerment event-educate, engage and empower 1.7 million young people across North America, the UK and around the world to become engaged global citizens. Its international projects have brought more than 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water and sanitation, health care and food security to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.
The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah's Angel Network. For more information, visit www.freethechildren.com.
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For further information or interview opportunities contact:
Free The Children
416-925-5894 ext. 740
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