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Manitoban’s Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2013

Released on February 5th 2013

Media Release January 31, 2013 Manitoban’s Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2013

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2013, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is recognizing the work of Vurayayi Pugeni from Winnipeg with a video profile.

International Development Week (IDW) runs from February 3-9, 2013. The theme for this year is I Am Making A Difference and MCIC is focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). IDW is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Manitobans are making a difference in our world. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has profiled eight Manitobans from all walks of life who are contributing their time and effort to take action as global citizens.

Vuraryayi Pugeni is originally from Zimbabwe, and now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is now the Humanitarian Relief & Disaster Recovery Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee Canada. He is working toward MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger.

Vurayayi worked at Christian Care Zimbabwe to provide food aid to those most in need, and to encourage sustainable agricultural methods to small-scale farmers. He believes that eradicating extreme poverty in our world is essential in order to give everyone in our world the dignity to feed themselves and their families.

The video profiles of the eight Manitobans have been posted on as part of the I Am Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a year. International Development Week is proclaimed by the Canadian International Development Agency, whose funding made MCIC’s IDW 2013 campaign possible.

The other seven global citizens profiled for IDW 2013 are Jan Stewart (Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg); Tito Daodu (Medical student at the University of Manitoba); Pierre Plourde (Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba); Megan Wilton (Midwife in Winnipeg); Christine Penner (Assistant Superintendant at the Interlake School Divison); Jo-Ellen Parry (Project Manager at the International Institute for Sustainable Development) and Derryl Reid (Owner of Green Bean Coffee Imports).

To arrange an interview with Pugeni or any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: