War Child has a long history in Winnipeg, going all the way back to The Tragically Hip launching us onto the national stage, headlining the largest outdoor benefit concert in Canadian history at The Forks in 2000. Over $300,000 was raised that day. 17 years later, Winnipeggers remain a champion of our cause in a variety of ways.
Today, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (pictured above) has unveiled its Canadian Doctors in the Field exhibit on Level 2, featuring War Child’s Founder, Dr. Samantha Nutt, alongside Dr. Norman Bethune and Dr. Lucille Teasdale Corti. The exhibit uses powerful artifacts to tell the stories of three fascinating Canadian doctors who have worked in conflict zones around the world. If you’re in Winnipeg or the surrounding area – we highly recommend visiting the Museum. It’s one of Canada’s finest cultural institutions and is an unforgettable experience.
Beginning September 15th in the Winnipeg area is Peace Days, the 8th annual celebration of diverse and stimulating events spanning ten days to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. Be sure to visit their website to find an event near you.
Manitobans have also been incredibly generous with their financial support of War Child projects. An important partner of ours in the region is the Manitoba Council of International Cooperation (MCIC). MCIC connects Manitobans who are concerned about building a better world with its coalition of member organizations that are working in international development. In 2016 MCIC provided financial support to our Interactive radio-based education programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently are an active funding partner in northern Uganda, helping to protect the rights of vulnerable refugee populations.
A great benefit of our MCIC partnership is their Manitoba Government Matching Grants Program which will match a percentage of donations from Manitobans given to each member. This means that each dollar given by a Manitoban goes that much further. If you’d like learn more about this, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Fundraising team.