Free the Children Gala Returns to SMUS

by Caitlin Farquharson, Grade 12

Over the past five months, a group of over 60 students from Grades 9-12 have been planning every detail of this year’s Free the Children Gala. After finishing our goal of $25,000 for a village in Sri Lanka, the FTC crew shifted focus to our current project this year of supporting a village in Ecuador. The funds raised at this year’s gala will go towards improving the lives of people in a rural Ecuadorean village. Our goal is to be able to provide education, health care, clean water and sanitation for an impoverished village that cannot provide these basic necessities for themselves.

The theme this year, fittingly, will be Ecuador. The students and teachers involved in this year’s organization are proud to have former child soldier Michel Chikwanine share his story with us at this year’s gala. Also exciting, the gala will feature local indie/folk artists Jon & Roy, as well as current SMUS student sensation Leisure Suit and the musical talents of Tony Cordle and Daniel Lapp. There will be a silent auction, with many great items including two autographed Steve Nash jerseys, as well as desserts and a cash bar. New to this year’s gala we will be having an Ecuadorean market place showcasing traditional Ecuadorean crafts for sale.

This semi-formal night will be one filled with great entertainment for all ages, full of stories, dancing, and wonderful company! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, January 31st from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for adults and $50 for a family. Tickets are available at Senior School Reception or by emailing

From everyone at Free the Children, we hope to see you there!

See photos from the 2009 Gala


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