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August 16, 2013
On Friday, August 16th the Multicultural Council hosted Passport to the World, a community celebration in honour of the International Children’s Games (ICG). Organized by the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) with support from the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU), the event welcomed more than 1600 athletes, their delegates and guests to experience the tastes, sounds and traditions of our region. Throughout Windsor and Essex County people came to the Riverfront Festival Plaza for a fun-filled, relaxed evening. Mingling with the athletes, coaches, family members, and hundreds of delegates they enjoyed tasty cultural cuisine, hands-on activities and lively entertainment featuring First Nation, Chinese, Croatian, Indian Classical, Greek, Bhutanese, Polynesian dancers, Red Legacy Band and an International Parade of Flags with greetings in over 25 languages.

It was a timely opportunity for the MCC Youth Leadership group to be involved providing visitors with MCC Harmony Friendship Bracelets; Passport to the World souvenirs; and Harmony Ribbon pins to the visiting athletes.

In addition to the Passport to the World, the MCC organized the Team Ambassador volunteer component for the International Children’s Games. The multilingual volunteers assisted the delegates, athletes and their families from over 81 different cities, in their own language, throughout their stay. Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their financial support helping to advance better communication between the international visitors and our community.

The ICG was created in 1968 to foster a better understanding among children of different cultural backgrounds. To promote peace and harmony worldwide, it is the largest gathering of young people taking part in sport in the world.

In two years 1500 of the world-class para-athletes will gather in Toronto to face off in 15 sports. Representatives, with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, attended the ICG and Passport to the World event as part of Windsor’s countdown to their event.

The Sandbox Project brought its signature event, “The World’s Largest Sandbox” to Passport to the World to raise awareness of child and youth health issues.

The Passport to the World was a true community event! The MCC would like to express our appreciation to the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU), presenting sponsor, AM800 CKLW, Pepsi, Hiram Walker, Southwestern Manufacturing, Rafih Auto Group and Forgotten Harvest and for their generous support and sponsorship; the hundreds of committed volunteers, food vendors, superb entertainers and cultural performers; the staff of the MCC, International Children’s Game Organizing Committee and the City of Windsor staff for their collaboration to showcase our community to the world.

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