It's great to be able to spread the word about the sponsorship program from the stage - it's a form of political engagement which is undeniably good. Something I've always tried to do!
I am very pleased to be part of the World Vision Artist Collective. Along with many other people, I am appalled on a regular basis by the politics of foreign aid and the seeming impossibility of evening up the wealth imbalance between so-called first and third world nations. The personal connection which World Vision establishes by enabling you as a sponsor to focus on one specific child, is what drew me to the scheme in the first place.
When you sponsor a child, you help break the cycle of poverty by providing a child and their community with life-saving necessities. Canadians have been partnering with World Vision for 60 years, because they've discovered that sponsorship works. With your help, we partner with the child, their family, neighbours and local leaders to transform a struggling community into one that is thriving. World Vision’s programs focus on Food, Education, Health, Clean water, Child Protection and other vital areas which improve the lives of children and their community.