Last weekend Tony Campolo, internationally known speaker and sociologist, fully lived up to his reputation. As he spoke to a packed audience of about 500 on Saturday night, he used his insights into human nature, and his personal experiences in Haiti, to touch our hearts and call us to action. His stories, sometimes entertaining and sometimes painful, reminded us of the harsh realities of poverty and injustice in this world, realities it is often easier to ignore. He also reminded us of the social responsibility that we as Canadians, living in one of the most affluent countries in the world, have to address issues of poverty and injustice. He called us all to do what we can, “Let Fredericton be known as the city that did what it could do” to address poverty and injustice. His audience responded to this call, with 96 children sponsored through FreddyLink and World Vision. Tony Campolo spoke again at the Sunday morning services at Smythe Street Cathedral, and by the end of the weekend, a total of almost 180 children were sponsored.
Thank you people of Fredericton for such a generous response!! These child sponsorships will bring hope to the lives of so many children and families in Cobocol Haiti, and help entire community break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient.