The 10,000

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Next Events:

Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

  • Friday Sept. 21st 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

TriOil-Soccer Quest 42 (Quest #5)

  • Friday Oct. 5th to Sunday Oct. 7th 2012

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, Alberta

A very significant event took place on July 5th 2012. A donation of $1,320 was made to "Lacrosse Quest 24". This gift brought the figure raised to date, from this event to $31,993.87 which is terrific.

Even more significant, "Quests for Kids" has raised over $380,000 and with matching grants from Right To Play Partners that's over half a million dollars. The cost of a Right To Play program for one child is $50 so 10,000 will have their lives changed.

Do the programs work? In June 2011, I travelled to Benin, in West Africa where I saw at first hand the impact of these programs. I visited five schools, including one for the deaf where Right To Play is working. Like kids, anywhere in the world they need a bit of structure, mentoring and guidance from adults. It doesn't matter if these kids are in Benin, First Nations communities in Canada or the kids I ran with in Cochrane and Calgary, their basic needs are the same.

In June 2010, Right To Play, with generous funding from the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and partners, initiated the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program, in partnership with Moose Cree and Sandy Lake First Nations. The objective of the PLAY Program is to build on the strengths of Aboriginal youth and their communities, while supporting the value of culture and identity. The PLAY program, designed in partnership with the community, is multi-faceted and tailored to their specific needs. It aims to support children and youth to develop and strengthen essential life-skills. Prior to implementation, community members participated in a thorough needs assessment that guided the design of the program. This program has recently been expanded to 39 First Nation communities in Northern Ontario.

Right To Play is currently helping over 800,000 children world wide and operates in more than 20 countries. They have key programs in: Benin, Burundi, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Peru, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. Right To Play operates pilot programs in Canada, Norway and the United States.

Also, Right To Play programs are available online and 5,000 schools in Canada have down loaded these play based learning modules.

"Quests for Kids" aims to provide programs for 20,000 children in 5 years. The first 10,000 have been reached. Now let's help the second 10,000.

Quote of the Day

"To get the most out of an adventure, one must be flexible. It is often the unplanned parts that reward the deepest."

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Enjoying a Right To Play program with children at Vedoko School for the deaf in Benin, West Africa.

The 10,000

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