It’s that time of year again! Changing the world and going MAD with me!
As you all might know by now, I am a huge fan of going MAD in CTW (Change the World) Campaign. In 2013, we had yet again a great turnout of volunteers across Ontario that participated in the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. This is where high school students get a chance to complete their 40 hours in the span of six weeks through various projects. This time we are honoured to support the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network to promote this upcoming CTW campaign of 2014.
In 2013 of the CTW Campaign that was held during the four week span had 38,000 students out and about volunteering at their local communities. These amazing volunteers that participated in this campaign had over 170,000 recorded hours. This amazing number tells us as residents of Ontario that we have a growing community of committed volunteers that put their efforts in giving back to the community. This is reassuring to know as this will influence youth around these youth to get up and get MAD to Change the World as well.
2013 was a big year for Peace Welcome Club (PWC) as well as we had hosted a couple Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Ups and Jean Green Drives around Halton Hills and Peel Region. The successful Clean-Ups were beneficial to the environment as well as us. It benefitted PWC in a way as it showed others that we had participated in the CTW campaign and were going MAD by cleaning up at local parks as well as conservation areas. The Jean Green Drive had a great turnout this year. This was because we collected over 2,500 jeans that we donated to third world countries such as India and China. As founder of PWC, I am proud to say that our goal for the 2014 CTW campaign is to strive to double the amount of Clean-Ups and double the amount of jeans that have been collected. This is because the time frame for this upcoming campaign is now four to six weeks which can easily help us as a group of youth to achieve that goal.
This upcoming 2014 Change the World Campaign has been officially announced for April 6th to May 19th 2014. This was decided in order to give the students of Ontario additional time to participate in more volunteer events. This time CTW has declared a goal of 33,000 young people volunteering in order to achieve a minimum of 99,000 hours over four to six weeks.
All in all, I believe that this CTW campaign shouldn’t be just a one-time thing. If you ever happen to have free time on your hands, why not volunteer to make a difference, learn new things and meet new people? This will benefit you as well as others around you.
So this upcoming 2014 CTW campaign, get MAD and get others MAD as well!
By: Harnoor Gill
Grade 10 student
Christ The King Catholic Secondary School