On Friday, Jan. 25, a charity event called Tonight we are One! will be held at Norwood Community Centre to raise funds for One! International Poverty Relief, a non-profit organization that teaches literacy to children in the slums of Mumbai.
The event is being organized by University of Manitoba graduate Priya Tandon, who is now in her final year of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. As a requirement for graduation, students are expected to complete an independent professional project of their choice and for Tandon the choice was obvious.
Tandon chose to combine her passion for helping others and her public relations skills by organizing a charity event for One! International.
“My parents raised me to acknowledge the worth of every human being and their right to an education. If we have the opportunity to help in any way we can – we should,” said Tandon.
At the age of four, Tandon and her family immigrated to Canada from India in search of new opportunities. She has always wanted to give back to her culture and community while making a positive contribution to India’s future.
“I believe we have a responsibility to care for one another and enjoy this world together.”
Tandon first heard of the Canadian-based charity after a friend gained firsthand volunteer experience for the organization in India. After hearing about her positive experience, Tandon met with One! International’s founder in Edmonton last year and left the meeting inspired and motivated to organize the event.
One! is currently helping over 400 children and their families attend two of their schools. Through operational supportthey are committed to providing all the necessities needed, such as clothing, vitamins, and medical needs so that the children can focus solely on education.
Tonight we are One! is One! International’s first charity event in Winnipeg and all proceeds raised from the event are being donated to One! International. The event will be emceed by 103.1 Virgin Radio host Adam West and Tania Spilchen. The founder of One! International will also be in attendance as a guest speaker. Tickets are $30 and include appetizers, dinner, and dessert provided by Clay Oven and performances from local artists and dancers from the South Asian community.
To find out where to purchase tickets check out the Tonight we are One! Facebook page or follow @ToniteWeAre1 on Twitter.