This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: International Day for The Eradication of Poverty October 17, 2011.
For today’s FREE event of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the Pavilion, Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, the itinerary is as follows:
- 3PM Open – 3:30 Official Opening Words
- 3:45PM Open Mic Poverty in Canada
- 4:30PM FREE Soups Served, Open Mic World Poverty
- 5PM Open Stage Talent
- 6PM Feature Talent
PACC (Poverty Action For Change Coalition)
21 Dunlop St. Suite
200 Richmond Hill, ON,
Phone daytime: 905-836-7931
Eves after 6pm – 289-221-0928
Email – email@example.com
Volunteers line: 905-895-3126
Oct 17 2011: Contact: 289-221-0928
Event: International Day for The Eradication of Poverty
AKA – World Day to End Extreme Poverty
Date: Monday Oct 17 2011
Local Location: Pavilion, Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (S of Water St & Eagle)
Itinerary 3PM Open – 3:30 Official Opening Words 3:45 Open Mic Poverty in Canada 4:30 Soups served, Open Mic World Poverty 5PM Open stage talent 6PM Feature talent
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada–
Expect to smell food, and hear music & drumming upon arriving, as Newmarket plays host to York Region Ontario’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Monday October 17 at Fairy Lake Park from 3 Pm until 7PM with free healthy and hot food / soup served, information booths, “starving artists” performing path-side, main-stage speakers and performers, and a mic for those wishing to speak out about poverty. The internationally marked event was first recognized by the United Nations in 1992 but was inspired and started by a French Priest named Joseph Wreneski as World Day to End Extreme Poverty.
On 17th October 1987, in the presence of 100,000 people from every social background and continent, Joseph Wresinski unveiled a commemorative stone in the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris. On this marble his call is engraved: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
Since then the commemorative stone has become a rallying point for people from all walks of life.
October 17th was declared “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” by the United Nations in 1992. In several countries, on the 17th of each month, people gather to acknowledge the lives and efforts of those living in extreme poverty, and to renew their commitment to join them in their struggle.
Since the York Region event has been held, from 2005, it has evolved from a milk-box and a microphone for performers and speakers to envelope beautiful Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket, and now offers opportunities for singers, composers, musicians and other performers to play original work on a stage, and at the same time keep the message of ending poverty alive beyond just Oct 17. In 2008 Newmarket town council approved officially endorsing the day and agreed to a permanent marker on site at Fairy Lake Park with regional council representative John Taylor unveiling the plaque before in 2009 unveiling the plaque – with its own commemorative rock – representative of the stone statue France – along with Mayor Tony Van Bynen.
2011’s York Region event will again offer free hot fresh food and some information booths / pamphlets including information from the Legal Clinic of York Region, The Housing Help Centre, York Region Food Network, Ninos Kom Tin ( aboriginal), Make Poverty History, Poverty Action for Change Coaltion and others.
This year the event is allowing “starving musicians” to line the paths surrounding the event to add to the atmosphere and split anything raised with the organizers to help pay for the event.
A main-stage is also part of the events features, not only used for the speakers but also for an “ Open Mic” session and for performers doing pieces relating to poverty including Feature Acts including : Native group Ninos Kom Tin drummers/singers, Composer / Singer – Guitarists Glenn Marais , Fred Joly, Hip Hop/Rappers – Krhyme Syndicate others TBA and you!.. performers wishing to come up must check in at the main-stage.
This link shows video from 2010 event – http://youtu.be/DG0Dyd3QD5E
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