November 3, 2018
By Suzanne Rumsey
In July, PWRDF participated in the launch of the “I Care Campaign,” a Canadian Foodgrains Bank led initiative. The goals of the campaign are to increase Canadians’ awareness about and support for Canadian aid and to advocate with the Government of Canada for increased aid levels.
The campaign is responding to what has been a decrease in Canadian aid in recent years even as the number of hungry people in the world has been increasing. For more information about Canadian aid visit the Foodgrains Bank website here. It is also an effort to demonstrate to the government that Canadians care deeply about the importance of sharing more generously out of our abundance.
Clare Urquhart cares. Clare is a member of the PWRDF Youth Council. In mid-October she took part in a CFGB-organized advocacy initiative in Ottawa called Hunger on the Hill. Participants met with MPs and presented the Minister for International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, with 8,000 I Care postcards.
Clare is working part-time with PWRDF to help animate the I Care postcard campaign. When asked why she cares enough to take up this work, she said, “Well, I would ask you back – Why wouldn’t you care? Helping people has always been something I am passionate about. Over the last 10 years, my family and I built a relationship of support with an amazing woman in Swaziland, Nomsa. Seeing the chain reaction in her family and community is truly heartwarming and makes me want to do even more to help others globally. I care because I want to see a change for good in the world.”
Clare will be working with PWRDF to reach out to dioceses and parishes who are interested in learning more about Canadian aid, signing a postcard and even, meeting with their local MP to let them know “I Care.” She can be reached at [email protected] for information and to order PWRDF co-branded postcards. The campaign runs until June 2019.