We are failing to protect children, our most precious resource
CCFC's Mark Lukowski speaks out about child protection issues at The Rotary Club of Toronto
TORONTO, ON (February 11, 2015) - Christian Children's Fund of Canada's (CCFC) Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lukowski, was the keynote speaker at The Rotary Club of Toronto luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Friday, February 6th, where he encouraged audience members to get involved in raising awareness about child protection issues.
During the speech, titled "The Voices of Children", Lukowski shared his personal experiences working with children around the world who have been victims of violence, exploitation, child labour and child marriage, and how CCFC is helping to make a difference.
Lukowski referred to the results of a global survey that the organization had recently released, where one in three children stated that adults are failing in their duty to protect them. The survey, titled "Small Voices, Big Dreams", polled over 6,000 children in more than 40 countries, asking them questions related to their fundamental right to be protected from harm.
"Children are our most precious resource. And each one has the right to safely grow, laugh, learn and play free from violence and exploitation," says Lukowski. "At CCFC, we dream of a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential."
Lukowski urged audience members to raise their voices against violence and exploitation of children by including their name on a petition which has already garnered 300,000 signatures, and to share the petition link with their family and friends: http://freefromviolence.org/take-action/.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-centred development organizations working in 57 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has over 50,000 children sponsored, benefitting more than 500,000 people around the world.
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Bonar Bell, Communications Manager, Christian Children's Fund of Canada