Hello all of you beautiful people! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Carly, I host 9-1, Monday-Friday on 102.1 The Edge. Today the show will be prerecorded because today I’ll be at Nathan Phillips Square as the Emcee for World Refugee Day Toronto from 12pm – 1:30pm. I’m honored to be a part of such an incredible event. I just returned to Canada in February after a nearly 2 year trip around the world. I fed starving children in the streets of India, I delivered art supplies to kids in Cambodia, although I had heard about the conditions outside of my beloved Canada, seeing them for myself was not only important but life changing. I promised myself that if I returned to the media I would use my platform for good, today I will spread the message of World Refugee Day.
It’s easy to change the channel when you see it on the news, but today, if I could ask you one favour, it’s to try to put yourself in the shoes of the over 60 million people displaced worldwide. That’s double the population of Canada. Half of those forced to flee to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster are children. Although they should be in school, something all children have access to here in Canada, a lot of them aren’t. It isn’t a fair start, it isn’t fair at all.
First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. Today we raise awareness and vital funds to help. Here in Toronto we mark #WorldRefugeeDay at Nathan Phillips Square. I’ll be joined by over 20 humanitarian aid agencies and other NGOs, Tom Cochrane, and most importantly refugees who will be able to tell their amazing stories of survival. Please join us as we mark #WorldRefugeeDay 2016, and #HelpThemDreamAgain . If you can’t make it down, please educate yourself, those around you, and spread out message. Visit www.worldrefugeeday.com because everyone deserves to feel safe.