Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shay Mitchell and Nina Dobrev Wear Their Passion for Changing the World

Shay Mitchell and Nina Dobrev wear their passion for changing the world

  • IPG Mediabrands joins forces with international charity, Free The Children, for a fifth year on global month-long campaign to inspire North Americans to change the world with their everyday choices
  • Every $10 Rafiki bracelet purchased at we.org or in select retail stores unlocks a world of possibility for communities overseas

PR Newswire, New York, NY (December 22, 2015)
Actresses Shay Mitchell and Nina Dobrev are giving back this holiday season by starring in a month-long global philanthropic advertising campaign powered by IPG Mediabrands in support of Free The Children’s WE Are Stronger Together campaign. With the purchase of a $10 Rafiki bracelet, handmade with love by women in Kenya, a gift of impact is unlocked – water, healthcare, school supplies, healthy meals – helping to break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future for Free The Children partner communities in Kenya, India, Ecuador, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Nicaragua and rural China.

By wearing a Rafiki bracelet, available at we.org and select retail stores including Walgreens, PacSun and Nordstrom, North Americans have the opportunity to join Shay Mitchell and Nina Dobrev in making a statement that they are part of the WE movement – a generation who believes that together WE can change the world. Each Rafiki purchased has a unique code for consumers to enter online at trackyourimpact.com so they can track exactly in what Free The Children community a life-changing gift was given.
Nina Dobrev stars in global PSA campaign.

“I hope everyone joins me in supporting this campaign to help transform the lives of those who need it most. It’s a powerful fashion statement when you wear your passion for changing the world,” said Shay Mitchell. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit Free The Children’s partner communities in Kenya and connect with the Maasai Mamas who make these beautiful Rafiki bracelets. Seeing the impact first hand is an experience I’ll never forget.”

Rafiki bracelets symbolize a movement of young people leading local and global change across North America. By spreading the message that we are stronger together, Free The Children and IPG Mediabrands hope to empower a generation to get involved in creating solutions for a better world.

“Entering our fifth consecutive year partnering with IPG Mediabrands, we are incredibly grateful to collaborate with a partner whose values align so closely to ours, and to work with a roster of world-renowned individuals who are passionate about making a difference,” said Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children. “The Rafiki bracelet has become a symbol of social good that provides alternative income and opportunity to women and their families in developing communities, proving that when we all come together, we can change the world.”

IPG Mediabrands will launch the campaign across five continents and all screens, engaging their media partners to donate free advertising space throughout the course of the campaign, from December 26 through January 26. The PSA is produced by Door Knocker Media, Directed by Matt Finlin and Executive Produced by Karen Barzilay. Sajo Garcia Alcazar (SGA) Advertising in Puerto Rico affiliated with Initiative and BPN San Juan led the creative strategy for the campaign. Sister IPG creative agencies around the world are also supporting the campaign with local execution, adaptation and trafficking services.

Show us how you wear your passion for changing the world with @metowe #WeAreStrongerTogether

Rafiki bracelets are made by more than 1,400 Mamas in Kenya who are employed through Free The Children’s sister organization, ME to WE as part of the ME to WE Artisans program. ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that provides people with better choices for a better world through socially conscious products and life-changing experiences. Half of ME to WE’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission. The impact of ME to WE Artisans resides not only in economic benefit to the Mamas who make the products, it is also a means of encouraging leadership and positively affecting the community on a larger scale. The women take part in financial literacy and leadership training throughout the year, and are empowered to become leaders in their communities and provide for their children and families in ways they were not able to do before.

Rafiki bracelets can be purchased at we.org or in participating retail locations across the U.S. including Walgreens, Nordstrom and PacSun and across Canada in Nordstrom, Indigo, Staples and Mastermind.
Preview the WE Are Stronger Together PSA here and download it here.
For photos and graphics access the electronic press kit here.
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For more information contact:
Free The Children
Julia Thomas
Free The Children
Associate Director, Public Relations

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