1995

Canadian Living - - Life & Community -

At just 12 years old, Craig Kiel­burger (be­low right) de­cided to make a dif­fer­ence. He’d been flip­ping through the news­pa­per in search of comics when a com­pelling story caught his eye: A former child slave in Pak­istan had been ex­e­cuted be­cause he spoke up for hu­man rights—and he was Kiel­burger’s age. Em­bold­ened by the in­jus­tice, Kiel­burger con­vinced some of his Grade 7 class­mates—as well as his big brother, Marc (be­low left)—to join his hu­man­i­tar­ian cause. To­gether, the Thorn­hill, Ont.–based broth­ers launched Free the Chil­dren, now known as We, which broad­ened its fo­cus to in­clude other causes and coun­tries as fast as the two grew up.

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