A free, fun-filled family event

Global Citizen Kelowna presents Global Children’s Villages, a free family event to kick off the 2013 Global Citizen Kelowna Week February 16, 2013. 

Possibly the most talked about event on the schedule, Global Children’s Villages, “aim is to bring awareness to our global responsibilities through fun-filled and educational activities that will give children insight into the lives of others around the world,” said Nico Deschner coordinator of this year’s event. It is a family event with activities especially geared for elementary aged children, that simulate several villages in countries from around the world. The community is invited to come and explore the culture, diversity, and hope of children in our global community. Through the simulated villages participating children realize kids are the same throughout the world – they all want to have fun. Most importantly this event teaches young children that through their actions and teamwork, they have the power to make the world a better place.

One can visit the simulated slum where lack of resources limit children’s’ daily activities. Despite this, children continue past the slum and play soccer with a ball made of newspaper in Kenya, manoeuvre through an obstacle course on a broken bicycle in Ghana, and practice balancing skills in Zambia. At every village each child will receive a stamp in their passport, and receive gold coins.

Children are then able to use these coins to invest in changes in the slum – projects like, build a school or health clinic or supply water – and otherwise make a less fortunate child’s life richer. The event cultivates a thankfulness for the opportunities some children around the world have and a sense of hope for helping those who do not have the same opportunities.

Date: Saturday February 16, 2013
Location: New Life Auditorium 10-4PM
Additional Information: www.globalcitizenkelowna.org/gcv

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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