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Hillcrest Impact Club

Making Ottawa and the world a better place
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Caitlin Salvino

on 8 December 2016

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Making Ottawa and the world a better place HILLCREST IMPACT CLUB WE are a club at Hillcrest High School that meets every Thursday Started in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, 12, has grown into a world renowned charity raising millions of dollars for local and international causes Who are WE? WE tackle environmental and social justice issues working closely with Free the Children How WE started What is Free the Children? School in Ecuador Working with Free the Children's Brick by Brick Campaign to build a school in Ecuador. Began in September 2010 when our schools ECO club and Hands Across the Nations Club became one Four Students were selected to attend Toronto WE DAY and brought back all of this inspiration from the WE DAY to Hillcrest. What Have WE Done? - In October 2010 and 2011 organized two Walk for Water's that raised combined $2500 towards our school in Ecuador. - Had over 200 participants - Students stayed silent for 24 hours to raise awareness and money for children around the world who don't have a voice - Students abstained from using technology (Facebook, Twitter, etc) Fasting for Freedom Sleepover - School's first ever school sleepover and coffee house - Had over 50 participants fast for 24 hours to raise awareness and money - Raised over $2200 towards our school in Ecuador. - Went door to door on Halloween collecting cans for the Ottawa Food Bank - On Halloween 2011 and 2012 we collected over 1200 non-perishable food items Shoebox Drive During Christmas time collected much needed supplies for Shepherds of Good Hope (socks, shampoo/soap, bus tickets, etc) Collected new toys for under-privileged children between the ages of 0-12 Other fundraisers/Campaigns:


- Bake Sale
- Blackout Day
- Coffee House
- Battery Bake Sale
- Adopt a Park
- Eco School Bronze Certification Spencer West Due to our achievements working with Free the Children, we were chosen as the school in Ottawa most deserving of a honourary presentation from Spencer West Spencer West lost his legs at the age of 5 and after working with Free the Children he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro raising over $500 000 for clean water projects around the world. - Earned over 50 tickets to National WE DAY in Montréal
- Earned over 15 tickets to Toronto WE DAY 2012 We Day is a full day inspirational concert hosted by Free the Children to inspire youth to get involved. Last year, Caitlin Salvino and Rebecca Wong from Hillcrest were chosen as Free the Children Ottawa youth representatives to speak at an Ottawa We Day sponsor breakfast alongside Craig Kielburger. Not only did this speech motivate and encourage our sponsors to become more involved with Free The Children, but it led to the creation of the very first National We Day in the Ottawa/Gatineau region The IMPACT of the "IMPACT Club" Club numbers jumped from 8 members to 40 members in less than a year. Originally received 4 tickets to We Day Toronto, in less than a year received 50 tickets to We Day Montréal. We now have our own assemblies with Free the Children speakers, including Michel Chikwanine and Spencer West. Brought awareness to our school about Free the Children, local issues, and poverty in Ecuador. IMPACT'S Future We now have $600 left to raise and we plan to achieve our goal of raising $8500 through various fundraisers in the next few months. We hope that the IMPACT club will continue at Hillcrest throughout the years and continue to inspire Hillcrest youth. We hope that we achieve the goal to build a school in Ecuador and educate hundreds of underprivileged youth. Raised approximately $7900 towards our goal of $8500 National WE DAY Media Launch In front of 700 students, honoured guests and media Craig Kielburger along with the band Neverest annouced the lineup for the 2013 WE DAY On April 3rd, Hillcrest was honoured with holding the first ever National WE DAY Media launch in our auditorium!! On April 29th, over 4000 students across the Ottawa/Gatineau region attended the first ever National WE DAY.
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