Over the last two years, employees of Tridel and our sister companies have been focused on raising money under the guidance of the Tridel Take Action team, to reach its fundraising goal of $10,000 to build a Free the Children school in Los Rios, Ecuador. With the generous support and commitment of our entire organization, family and friends, we reached (and surpassed) that goal in October 2016. The OC then matched our donation with an additional $10,000 to build a second school in Kipsingol, Kenya.
Last Friday, Scott Baker, Executive Director and Brett Fyfer, Manager Business Development of Free the Children came to head office to meet with the Tridel Take Action Team and members of the OC. On behalf of Tridel, the Take Action team had the privilege of presenting the $20,000 cheque to the members of the Free the Children Leadership Team.
Brett and Scott were extremely appreciative of our donations and were blown away by the commitment and generosity of our organization. To express their thanks and gratitude, they shared stories from a visit to the community in Ecuador that will be benefiting from the school, and showed a presentation with our team demonstrating how the funds are used and explained their vision for education and empowerment using five pillars of impact. These pillars include a school, clean water, access to health care, food security and income opportunities for women.
Following this impressive accomplishment, our Tridel Take Action has continued to work with Free the Children and raise funds for its Free the Adopt-A-Village Campaign, which aids efforts to implement the five pillars of impact, and helps to provide communities with water wells, medical kits, school supplies, goats and more.
Thank you again to all our teammates for your generous support helping us to reach our goal, and your continued support of the Free the Children Adopt-A-Village campaign.
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