Letters to the editor for the week of October 17th 

Whistler girls rising

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Last Friday, October 11, was International Day of the Girl and we celebrated by bringing the film Girl Rising to Whistler.

The event sold out in four days, and 80 people came to see the documentary that demands we push girl's education to the forefront across the world. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, which donated its theatre and GoVoluntouring.com, which paid for the rental of the film.

It also wouldn't have come together without community leaders that helped spread the word through their own networks, and we think the rate at which this event sold out speaks to the caring and informed nature of the people who live here. It even led to us putting on a second screening on October 23, which is filling quickly:  https://girlrisingwhistler2.eventbrite.com

Global change begins with individual action. The people who bought a ticket and came to the show on Friday made an investment in a girl, and for that, we thank them all.

In addition, they have joined a movement that we hope will grow and spread like wildfire, from here in Whistler, to the villages of Ethiopia, the streets of Kabul, and the squares of Cairo.

The money they paid for their ticket will go directly to the seven non-profit partners that helped make Girl Rising, and who are supporting the women in the film, and thousands of girls like them. You can find out more detailed information about the fund and the programs it supports on the Girl Rising website here: http://10x10act.org/what-is-girl-rising/partners/ngo-partner/.

Vice president of Playground Builders, Kirby Brown, gave an incredibly emotive talk at the end of the show, touching on the ways people can help. He mentioned these organizations, in the hope that people would take a moment to look into them and consider supporting them:

• Playground Builders — a registered Canadian charity that builds playgrounds for children in war-torn areas;

• GoVoluntouring — connects travellers with volunteer vacations in over 112 countries worldwide;

• Lunapads' One4Her program — aims to improve access to education for girls by supplying them with reusable menstrual pads;

• Kiva — connects people through micro financing, with the goal to alleviate poverty;

• Change Heroes — builds schools around the developing world through a pioneering friend-funding platform;

We brought this film to Whistler because we believe that education doesn't just change the path of one girl, but the world. We live in an interconnected world, where revolutions can jump across borders and time zones.

It's an exciting time for change – thank you all.

Dee Raffo, Ki Communications and GoVoluntouring team


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