Marc Kielburger, Co-founder, Free The Children to accept $30,000 cheque from contestants of The Search for Miss Teenage Canada on July 25, 2009

July 15, 2009 — Girls surpass previous goal of $20,000 weeks before deadline

July 07, 2009

Toronto, ON:  Michelle Weswaldi, Executive Director of Miss Teen Canada-World, today announced that on July 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, John Bassett Theatre, Marc Kielburger, co-founder, Free The Children, will accept a cheque for $30,000 from 54 outstanding Canadian teen girls.   Each girl surpassed the requirement of raising at least $400 in her community across Canada and by July 1, over $10,000 more had been raised than previously expected.

“We thought that since the winner will be volunteering in Kenya in 2010 on a Me to We trip, it should be a requirement for the MTC-W Competition for each national delegate to raise $400 within their communities towards Me to We’s charity partner Free The Children.” Says Weswaldi.   The winner will be invited to participate as a volunteer on a Me to We trip. Their commitment to youth is to engage them in global development and social issues education so that they take action to make a difference.

Me to We supports Free The Children’s international development work overseas. Me to We Trips offer unforgettable volunteer adventure experiences for young people. Youth do incredible things, like build schools and assist on clean water projects

Me to We Trips offer international volunteer and leadership experiences in the rural communities of Arizona, Kenya, Ecuador, China and India. Participants build leadership skills and cultivate new friendships as they discover an incredible new culture.  They return with new perspectives and more energy than ever before to get their family and friends involved in raising awareness and funds for overseas development projects through Free The Children, their charity partner.

Free The Children’s domestic programs provide North American youth with the confidence and leadership skills they need to take action on social issues in their communities and overseas. Their motto for these programs is to “educate, engage and empower,” a three step process that helps young people develop into socially-conscious global citizens.

Miss Teenage Canada provides the winner with the opportunity to be an ambassador for Canada with the mandate to empower youth to take a leadership role in their communities and to create world-changing actions through Free The Children.  The girls have already learned first-hand about becoming a positive role model, and contribute to projects in their community.  The girls will also be judged on academic achievement, presentation and self-confidence and community contributions.  All of these qualities will enable a young woman to become a leader of tomorrow.

The Miss Teenage Canada (MTC-W) Competition is the only national search that conducts provincial competitions across the country to select 57 finalists for 2009.  The staged show produced in each province is to showcase the girls’ talents and the overall winner becomes “Miss Teen” of their home province.  The remaining finalists are awarded city titles and invited to travel to Toronto with nine other provincial winners to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada on July 25, 2009.

MTC-W is the only competition has the rights to send the winner to the International Miss Teen World Competition. Organizers have searched the country for the best of the best, and these Canadian teenage girls are those who will compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada to represent Canada.  Miss Teenage Canada 2009 will go on to represent the country and compete in Houston, Texas, for the coveted Miss Teen-World title in August 2009.

Girls aged 13 – 19 from across Canada will compete for the coveted title and the largest prize package awarded in a Canadian teen competition.  Over $25,000 in cash, prizes, and scholarships will be awarded to talented aspiring teens.    During their time in Toronto from July 19 to 25, the semi finalists will be seeing all the local attractions and experiencing Toronto’s hospitality with their Moms and families.

This final Canadian competition will be held in downtown Toronto on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. at the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


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