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Name: Craig Kielburger

Home Town: Thornhill, Ontario Canada

Date of Birth: December 17, 1982 (age 34)

Famous Quote: “The change starts within each one of us. And ends only when all children are free to be children”

Biography: Craig Kielburger is a Canadian author, activist, columnist and speaker. He is also a humanitarian and children’s rights activist. He co-founded the organization ‘Free the Children’ as a teenager with his brother and some other friends and has been the face of several initiatives for saving innocent children from the clutches of slavery and labour. The life changing moment arrived to him at the age of 12, when he heard in the news about death of Iqbal Masih, a 12 year old Pakistani boy who was martyred at the age of 12 fighting for his beliefs and for the freedom and rights of child labourers. The incident shook young Craig to his core. He was in seventh grade then and presented a speech in class and many kids came ahead as volunteers forming the group named ‘Kids can free the Children’. One of their very first actions was making efforts for the release of imprisoned child labour activist Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Craig has also founded ‘Me to We’, a social enterprise that donates half of its profit to ‘Free the Children’. In 2004, Craig also co-authored a book titled ‘Me to We’. He writes columns under a section ‘Global Voices’ which gets published in several newspapers.