Archive for May, 2006


Matt, Margaret, and Katie all arrived safely in London this morning at 1pm local time! We hopped on the tube for the world's shortest tour of the city before our connecting flight to Dubai tonight. Wine in Green Park, Buckingham Palace, and genuine fish nd chips were all highlights! Dubai tomorrow!!


May 31, 2006 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Donations for Namuwongo


IMG_0949, originally uploaded by ficubc.

As we complete our preparations for the project this summer, FICUBC members Alexandra Tudose and Katie Turnell went shopping for clothing donations for our youth facilitators. We purchased 7 pairs of jeans and 8 pairs of shoes thanks to the support of the Vancouver (Burnaby) branch of Essilor Canada, a corrective lens company. Thank you to all the Essilor employees that made donations on behalf of the entire FICUBC membership!

Matthew Berry
President, Forum on International Cooperation UBC

May 30, 2006 at 1:58 am 1 comment

The packing begins…


Originally uploaded by matthewberry.

Katie, Margaret, and I will be leaving for London this Tuesday so it's time to start packing! We'll be meeting up with Justine in Dubai on Wednesday morning and doing some quick sightseeing before our flight into Entebbe in the evening. Looking forward to seeing the new digs in Kampala and meeting with everyone who have already been laying the groundwork for the project!

May 28, 2006 at 1:55 am 1 comment

GuluWalk Vancouver

Gulu Walk Vancouver

Originally uploaded by kk+.

For Immediate Release

May 25, 2006


On Saturday, October 21, 2006 over 100 cities worldwide will take to the streets for the second annual GuluWalk Day, an event focused on raising awareness and funds for education, rehabilitation and youth support programs for the terrorized children of northern Uganda.

In the fall of 2005, over 15,000 people in 38 cities around the world took the very first international step towards telling the story of the children of northern Uganda. GuluWalk Day attracted people of all nationality, colour, race and religion in a global show of support for the innocent victims of the world’s most ignored humanitarian emergency.

In the week’s to come, more announcements will be made around celebrity ambassadors of this year’s event, as well as corporate and charitable partnerships.

One partnership already in place is with Artez Interactive, who will provide GuluWalk’s enhanced online fundraising tools for cities, community and corporate teams, as well as individual walkers worldwide.

To find out if a walk is being organized in your city or if you want to get involved, please email us today at

About GuluWalk & Northern Uganda:

In the spring of last year is when Adrian Bradbury and Kieran Hayward first heard the stories of the ‘night commuters’ of northern Uganda. They kept reading these unbelievable accounts of children, as many as 40,000, who would walk every night from rural villages into the town of Gulu and other urban centres to sleep in relative safety and to avoid abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In the midst of this 20-year civil war, not only do the children ‘night commute’ in northern Uganda, but over 1.7-million displaced persons have been forced into abhorrent conditions in camps where hundreds of people are dying every week because of a lack of clean water, food and medical care.

The plight of these children sparked the idea for GuluWalk, a 31-day ‘night commute’ in support of these courageous kids. Every evening in July of 2005, Bradbury and Hayward walked 12.5 km into downtown Toronto to sleep in front of city hall. After about fours hours sleep they made the trek home at sunrise, all while continuing to work full-time and attempting to maintain their usual daily routine.

GuluWalk started in 2005 as an attempt by two average Canadians to better understand the ordeal of the ‘night commuters’ of northern Uganda. It has now grown into an urgent, impassioned worldwide movement for peace.

Along with GuluWalk, Adrian Bradbury also founded Athletes for Africa, a charitable organization that uses the profile of sport to raise awareness and funds for sustainable development programs on the ground in Africa.

For information visit or contact:

Adrian Bradbury, Founder
Athletes for Africa / GuluWalk
T: 416.426.2787

May 27, 2006 at 12:09 am 1 comment

Video from GFIC Uganda Project Summer 05

May 24, 2006 at 12:20 am Leave a comment


IM000077, originally uploaded by ficubc.

This past saturday FICUBC members held a final fundraiser for our summer project in Uganda, and it was a success despite the uncooperative weather! We raised almost $230 so thank you to all those that put together the event and to Lindsay and her roomates for hosting it. More pictures can be found on our Flickr site, found in the right sidebar >

May 23, 2006 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

CNN piece on night commuters in Uganda

May 21, 2006 at 11:18 pm Leave a comment

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