DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 16, 2015 — Midmark Corporation encourages its teammates as well as members of the community to attend a presentation by Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Versailles Performing Arts Center (VPAC). With the help of Kielburger, Midmark will be closing out its year-long centennial celebration by empowering others to make a positive difference in our community and the world. Admission is free of charge but seats are limited. Please visit midmark.com/FTC or call 1-800-MIDMARK then enter *108100# to make a reservation.
Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children, a Canadian-based international charity and educational partner that works in eight developing countries, to implement Adopt a Village, a holistic international development model designed to achieve sustainable change through five pillars crucial to community development: Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Health, Agriculture and Food Security, and Alternative Income and Livelihood. In addition, Kielburger is an author, speaker, columnist, social entrepreneur and international activist. When he was 12-years old, he founded the organization on a simple decision that he was going to help children around world, and now Free The Children is an international charity that empowers communities to remove barriers to education and break the cycle of poverty.
In 1995, Kielburger came across an article in the newspaper about a 12-year-old former child slave in Pakistan, who had been murdered because he spoke up for human rights. Being 12-years-old himself at the time, Kielburger felt an immediate connection and wanted to do something.
He recruited 11 of his classmates to help from his school in Thornhill, Ontario, where he grew up. One of their early initiatives was gathering 3,000 signatures in a petition to the Prime Minister of India requesting to release child labor activist, Kailash Satyarthi, who went on the win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Kielburger’s parents allowed him to go on the seven-week journey to South Asia to see poverty and child-labor first hand. His expedition can be seen on the documentary, “It Takes A Child.”
Over the course of Kielburger’s career, Free The Children along with their partner communities have built over 1,000 schools (empowering over 200,000 children with educations), provided access to clean drinking water to more than one million people, and was able to provide $25 million of much needed medical supplies to the health facilities servicing their partner communities around the world.
For Kielburger’s work to advance human rights, he has been awarded with 15 honorary doctorates and degrees. He has also received prestigious honors such as the Order of Canada, Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. Kielburger has shared the WE Day stage with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including Prince Harry, Richard Branson, Demi Lovato and Jennifer Hudson.
Kielburger and his brother Marc, have co-authored 12 books, including the New York Times bestseller “ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World.” Their weekly columns are syndicated in over 30 newspapers across North America. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, National Geographic, TIME and The Economist.
Midmark’s mission is to make a positive difference in the practice of healthcare and in every life we touch, and we are proud to support Kielburger and Free The Children’s mission to empower each of us to make the world a better place.
Midmark president and CEO, Anne Eiting Klamar, has had the pleasure of traveling to a Free The Children community Kenya with Kielburger five times, and Klamar has stated the experiences have changed her life. For those who wish to be inspired to dream and change the world, whether big or small, this evening is for you. Midmark encourages you to let this evening to touch your heart.