Free The Children
I’m always blown away when I encounter a charity, or a benefit event, because it’s usually something I wouldn’t have thought of, let alone implemented. This was never more the case than when I attended the Free The Children Meets Bella benefit concert, in support of Project Jenga and Free The Children.
Project Jenga was founded by Mitch Kurylowicz, a passionate 17 year old who, last year, won a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for community leadership. He traveled to Kenya when he was 9, where he began the quest that led to his creation of Project Jenga.
Let that sink in for a second, we’ll come back to it shortly.
What is Project Jenga
Project Jenga has a clear and amazing purpose, to build an all boys secondary school in Kenya.
Project Jenga is raising funds and awareness to support the needs of education in rural Kenya. All funds raised and donated to Project Jenga are given to Free The Children to build, open, and operate the first all boys secondary boarding school in the Nkori Nkori region of Narok South District.
To date they have raised over $500,000 and the school is slated to be opened in January 2017. Mitch was 9 years old when he felt the call to help, to make sure that others received the same opportunities that he enjoyed here in Canada. 9. Years. Old. I completely understood why Bonnie and Rob would put together a night like this.
Bonnie Kowaliuk and husband Rob Geremi, local philanthropists and all around fantastic people, were inspired by Mitch and Project Jenga. While on a visit to Kenya they witnessed first hand the incredible efforts being made Free The Children. Wanting to continue in the spirit of the recent We Day, they brought together the most amazing of evenings.
We have pulled together friends, partners and people passionate about global community to sponsor a first-of-its-kind Community Benefit Concert to inspire Calgarians and to support Project Jenga.
And what a night it was! The Kenyan Boys Choir, Mount Royal Kantorei Choir, Bishop Carroll Concert Choir, The Young Canadians, and The Heebee Jeebees came together to celebrate in beautiful, harmonious song and dance. The gorgeous acoustics of the Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University made my heart yearn for my choral days. There’s also a good chance I fell in love with musical director John Morgan.
I fall more in love with Calgary every day and it’s all thanks to people and events like this.