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Sponsorship

Right to Life is actively involved in sponsoring Pro-Life training for those wishing to be better informed and equipped for fighting for the marginalised in our society. 

Over the last few years we have sponsored  young people to attend the Active8 Pro-life training courses that have been held in Auckland and Christchurch. This year we are sponsoring Ellie who is currently in Calgary Canada doing a 3 month Pro Life internship training coures at the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR).

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Ellie at the Candadian Centre for Bioethical Reform Training Course in Calgary

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Kia ora from Calgary everybody! :)
Firstly, a massive thank you for all your support, prayers, and encouragement! I am safely ensconced in Calgary, Canada, and have completed the first week of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) internship!
Even though it's only been a week, I have already learnt so much! We received training everyday, covering everything from basic dialogue, to speaking with women who've had abortions, to the history of social reform movements. Far from being cozy listening in an office, we are constantly given opportunity to put into practice what we learn. They literally had us out door knocking on the SECOND DAY of the internship - talk about terrifying!! I am attempting to adjust to perpetually living outside my comfort zone, as opposed to the occasionally venturing out that was my previous life! And yes door-knocking is literally just that, systematically working your way down a street, knocking at each door, asking people what they think
about abortion, and trying to engage them in conversation.

It is surprising how many people stop whatever they are doing and stand on their doorstep having a full conversation with you. 


All the CCBR staff are very friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable, while always pushing us to do our best. While there are about 60 interns all up, most of them are completing the Toronto-based internship. Here in Calgary we have a smaller group, with 10 interns and about 5 more coming in July. It's amusing hearing everyone's stories - those with under 5 siblings are a very small minority! Most people in our group are either Reformed or Catholic ... so as you can imagine the deep theological conversations are just beginning! I am living in a lovely house with seven other female interns. Below is some of our reading material for our assignments. 
We have been doing "choice chains" on the street - where we select a particularly busy area of town and spread out across the sidewalks of an
intersection, holding signs, passing out brochures, and trying to engage passers-by in conversation. We also made an excursion to the city of Edmonton, about 3-hour's drive away, to help out with running their March
for Life. It was nice getting to participate in something so familiar to our NZ March, right down to the counter-protestors! One of their speakers was
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, so that was pretty cool. Right: All set to help be a marshal at the March!

Ellie

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