Indigo joins Right To Play in creating awareness of the impact of play through international program funding and domestic awareness initiatives.
It is with great enthusiasm that Right To Play would like to thank The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation and Indigo for a generous gift of $1 million and sponsorship in support of play-based programming around the world.
"We are incredibly grateful for this gift,
which offers tremendous support to our global programs," says Lori Smith, National Director of Right To Play Canada.
"Its impact in children's lives is many fold. In addition to supporting play-based educational programs that reach more than one million of the world's most vulnerable children each week, it will also help us to educate thousands of students in schools across Canada about the power of play, and inspire them to use their actions for positive change."
Over the next three years, Indigo will support Right To Play's new three-part schools engagement series,
Play Your Part, which launched with the Play Your Part Assembly in January 2017.
Funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, the Assembly visited more than 200 schools across Canada to introduce more than 55,000 elementary and secondary school students to Right To Play and educate them on the global impact of play-based learning.
The second phase of the initiative, the Play Your Part Workshop, is a full-day skill-building session, where students learn how to use Right To Play's play-based learning methodology to lead empowering and educational activities in their own schools and communities.
Thanks to Indigo's generous support, Workshop participants across Canada also received new journals to support their learning throughout the day.
Finally, the Play Your Part Activation (June) gives students a chance to use all of the skills and knowledge they've learned to exercise their potential as leaders and global citizens, leading activities in their own schools for their peers.
Further to its support of the Play Your Part awareness program, Indigo is also backing the Play Your Part Challenge – Right To Play's new cross-Canada school fundraising program.
"We are very excited to have the support and influence of a name like Indigo attached to our Play Your Part initiative and the Challenge," says Smith. "It is our hope that positive global citizenship can become a lifestyle for Canada's youngest generation, and there is no better partner than Indigo – a truly Canadian cultural icon and influencer – to help spread that message."
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