Stop Hunger in its Tracks
Ducharme Motors is participating in the Free the Children Initiative “We Scare Hunger”. During the month of October, Ford has adopted a national initiative to collect non-perishable food items. Ducharme Motors is the local drop-off depot and encourages all residents to bring in a food donation. Donations will be gathered in an Ford F-series truck and then driven to the local food bank. Help fill the bins and stop hunger in its tracks.
Some sobering stats:
- in 2012, 14% of food banks ran out of food
- Canada has more than 800 food banks and 3,000 food programs
- from 2008 – 2012 there was a 31% increase in the use of food banks
- 1 in 5 parents said they skipped meals to ensure there was enough food for their children
Free the Children is an International charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all children should be free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. The organization focuses on making change one person…and one day at a time through We Day and We Act. This simple message is aimed at youth. Through education, engagement and empowerment to break the cycle of poverty, the organization believes youth will become active local and global citizens..
The charity was founded by Canadian student Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he stumbled across a story of a young Pakistani boy, Iqbal Masih in the Toronto Star. The boy was sold into slavery at four years old and spent six years chained to a carpet weaving loom. He escaped but was caught and returned by corrupt police officer who was more interested in getting the finder’s fee. Masih had heard that labour bonding was illegal and he tried to help other children in similar situations. Masih spoke out for child rights and his tiny body racked by malnutrition with the big message was gaining much international attention but at the age of 13 he was fatally shot in the back while returning home from Sunday mass. An investigation ruled it an accidental shooting but many believe it was an assassination. Masih’s story inspired Kielburger, who was just 11 at the time, to believe that a brave voice can live inside the body of a small child. He gathered his grade 7 classmates, convinced them that they could affect change and he rallied them to do something to make a difference.
Kielburger started Free the Children. The movement is growing each day and young people are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. Kielburger has since joined forces with his brother Marc and moved from a middle class kid from the suburbs to an international activist leading the fight against child labour.
Let’s Stop Hunger is just one initiative in this global fight. Do your part and drop off a non perishable food item and help Ford and Free the Children stand up to hunger. It’s something we can all do!
Health & Safety Manager