On Tuesday January 10, 2017 approximately 6-700 Orillia area students from grades 6-11 will be attending an event in support of The Push for Change. The event will be hosted by the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The event will be taking place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House.
Inspector, Patrick Morris along with Mayor Steve Clarke, Councillor Jeff Clark and Kevin Lehman of the Orillia Youth Opportunities will be welcoming Joe Roberts. Joe will be speaking to the local youth about his journey from a homeless youth to a successful businessman with the intention of empowering them through his words and experiences.
Members of the Orillia OPP and area youth have raised money from charity basketball games, ping pong tournament and silent auction. The money raised will be presented to Kevin Lehman of the Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee to address the issues of youth homelessness in Orilla, Big Brothers and Sisters of Orillia and District and Joe Roberts for his Push for Change charities.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Opera House in Orillia and speak with Joe Roberts, students, teachers, local dignitaries as well as OPP members in attendance.
On May 1, 2016, Joe Roberts – a former street youth turned successful entrepreneur – began pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km across Canada, as a national awareness and youth empowerment campaign, focusing on youth homelessness. Find out more here!