Area students strive to be ChangeMakers

Jan 18, 2013

Camden — MidCoast ChangeMakers is a team of 19 area high school students who are organizing a service/learning trip to reach out to the children and families living in extreme poverty in and around Guatemala City’s city dump.

The team is a collaboration of students from the MidCoast Interact Club and The Rig! Working with Safe Passage, a non-profit organization in Guatemala City, this group is scheduled to be in Guatemala from March 15 to 25.

Safe Passage, founded 13 years ago by Yarmouth native Hanley Denning, works to bring hope, education and opportunity to the approximately 550 children and 300 families living in the neighborhoods that surround the Guatemala City dump.

Karen Hansen, an adult leader with the team said in a news release, “We are hoping to make a difference and strengthen the ties between Maine and Safe Passage for the future by crossing borders and seeing the world through a different lens.”

To assist the MidCoast ChangeMakers team in raising the $40,000 needed for the trip, they have partnered with Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant and their Community Connection program.

Through this program, local nonprofits help organize an evening where they receive half the sales from the evening’s dinner service at Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant in Camden.

Harborside owner, Kim Graffam said, “We are excited to be able to use our restaurant to support this amazing group of students. We would love to see a packed house on the 22nd supporting these kids and Safe Passage.”

Anyone wishing to support this incredible group of student ChangeMakers is invited to join the team and simply eat dinner at Harborside that evening between 5 and 9 p.m.

Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant is located off the public landing parking lot on the ground floor of the Grand Harbor Inn building. Team members will be on hand at the restaurant all evening to answer questions about their organizations and the trip.

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