Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) proudly launched our new website dedicated to Holocaust commemoration at the annual Freedom Day event in Toronto on Wednesday. More than 3,000 students from schools in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond joined FSWC's celebration of freedom, democracy and human rights, and were the first to view the much anticipated www.neverforgetme.ca site.
"I believe it was necessary to launch this website at Freedom Day to ensure the students in attendance become witnesses to the truth about the Holocaust, and advocates for democracy and human rights," explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. "To this end we also held a minute of silence in honour of Shimon Peres, and educated the dozens of schools, hundreds of teachers and thousands of students about this courageous leader and his dedication to the cause of peace."
The event began on a high note as Avi completed a 20 km 'Run for Freedom' in support of Freedom Day. "I would like to express my deep gratitude to everyone who supported my run this morning and helped me raise $51,922 to help fund this important event," he said.
In addition to the website launch, Freedom Day included inspirational speeches from several speakers including Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders, Diversity Advocate Saman Alavi, Women's Health Champion, Dr. Toni Zhong and Keynote Speaker Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier, Rapper and Peace Advocate. The Sole Power dancers were on hand once again to kick up the excitement while ET Canada's Rick Campanelli returned to Emcee the event which was, as always, a joyous and energetic celebration of Canadian rights, democracy and freedoms.
Here to read more about Freedom Day in today's Toronto Sun