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A Kings County teenager is spearheading efforts to bring local attention to global human rights issues.
Bronwen McKie of Billtown is organizing a Write for Rights event on Dec. 8.
The event is sponsored by Amnesty International, said the Grade 12 student at Central Kings Rural High School.
“It’s a letter writing campaign to help combat human rights abuses or violations around the world. (Amnesty) provides you with certain situations where a human rights violation has taken place.”
Pens, paper, postage and form letters will be supplied – along with refreshments.
“I’m not a member of the organization,” McKie said. However, she is a co-chair of her school’s Beyond Borders group, which fundraises to support projects in developing countries.
“Last year, I did write two letters (for Amnesty) and I just felt it was a really easy thing to do and I thought more people should know about it and get involved,” she said.
“It will take five minutes out of your day and I think it’s a wonderful thing to get involved with, to help not just your community, but the global community as well. It can be your holiday gift to your fellow human beings.”
The Kentville write-in is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Kentville Recreation Centre. For more information, email McKie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKie has also organized a school-wide event at Central Kings for Write for Rights on Dec. 10 for students.