Grade 8 Unit 7 Topic 1 Section C

Dear Kangkang,

Thank you for inviting me to your food festival. I regret that I cannot come.

Let me tell you something about myself, Free the Children and my new school. I was born in Canada on December 17th, 1982 and spent my childhood there. I often take part in sports. My favorite food is fried chicken. I like to help people.

In 1995, when I was twelve, I read an article about a twelve-year-old Pakistani boy, Iqbal, in the newspaper. It changed my life. He started working in a factory when he was only four. He knew children should go to school instead of working in factories all day. He decided to fight against the bosses. As a result, a bad man killed him. I was so angry that I decided to help them. I gathered my friends and started a group, the TXvelve Twelve-Year-Olds. Soon many children joined us and the group became Free the Children. We raised money to help child workers go to school. “Children Helping Children” is our motto, I believe one person can make a change. Now Free the Children has 100 000 members in 35 countries who are helping children. In Kenya there are poorly-built schools with no roofs or walls, so Free the Children is building new schools there to help them.



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