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Week of March 3, 2008
Ignite group fires up students’ social justice conscience
University of Alberta group responds to local and global needs
By ALICIA AMBROSIO
“I was inspired to make a difference in any way possible.”
Ignite has also done fundraising for The Child is Innocent, an international, not-for-profit foundation that aims to provide educational opportunities for children living in Northern Uganda who are known as the “night commuters”.
As part of their focus on Africa, Ignite executive have invited Paul Rudatsikira, one of the last people from Rwanda to receive asylum from the United States in 1994, to speak at the group’s concert.
Among other things, Rudatsikira travels the U.S. speaking to raise awareness about African social justice issues.
On the local level Ignite volunteers when needed with The Mustard Seed and Development and Peace. Ignite also jumps into action whenever called upon by other community organizations, holding blood drives, toy drives, food drives, or whatever “drive” might be necessary.
Ignite’s annual concert is set to take place March 7th at the Dinwoodie Lounge on the U of A campus Student Union Building. Highlights include musical and dance performances from various ethnic communities in Edmonton, as well as a foods from different countries.
Ignite meets every second Sunday at 7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s College. “Right before the last-chance mass!” Elias and Chan joked.
“Ignite is open to anyone who wants to make a difference and develop a global mindset,” said Elias. \
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