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MacKenzie Pardy of Port Williams, centre, back, worked creatively with this Grade 3 class at New Minas Elementary School. Class members have contributed to a fund raising event this week for the foundation Because I Am a Girl. - Wendy Elliott

By Wendy Elliott

In October, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban because she advocated for the education of girls.

This week, two teens at Horton High School, MacKenzie Pardy and Sophia Bush-Anderson, have organized an art show and sale Dec. 20 to aid Malala’s cause.

Pardy was busy last week helping a class at New Minas Elementary School contribute to the show and picking up artwork from the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.

The pair have sought out donations of painting, drawing, sculpture, silk painting, collage or other work. All proceeds from a silent auction will go to the foundation Because I Am a Girl.

Music and food will be available throughout the evening, said Bush-Anderson.

Because I Am a Girl is a social movement to empower girls. In many regions of the world, girls have the least chance of going to school and staying there due to poverty, rural settings and ethnic discrimination. Freewill donations are possible for those who decide not to buy.

The event runs from 6–9 p.m. at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market building on Dec. 20.

Organizations: Taliban, Horton High School, New Minas Elementary School

Geographic location: Wolfville

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