Beautiful World will be having its 5th annual gala on April 4, 2017 to bring 300 people together to support girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa at the Toronto Reference Library. Our special guest is chess champion Phiona Mutesi, her coach Robert Katende, and Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire. The evening’s entertainment will include Phiona and General Dallaire playing a lively timed chess match with just seconds between their moves.
Phiona went from living in the slums of Katwe to learning chess from Robert. She has since become one of Uganda’s top chess players and is a Candidate Master. Her life story is the inspiration for Disney’s movie “The Queen of Katwe” that premiered to rave reviews at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. General Dallaire is a Canadian humanitarian, bestselling author, and a tireless advocate for human rights. He is also a respected government and UN adviser, and former Canadian Senator.
Phiona and General Dallaire will face off in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition chess game, to raise funds and awareness for Beautiful World to support higher education for girls in sub-Saharan Africa. From their life experiences, both have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by young girls trying to get an education.
Many of the girls Beautiful World supports have become orphaned by HIV/AIDS, conflict and other disease. These girls don’t have the means for an education, but with the help of Canadians receive a full scholarship, helping them avoid lives of poverty, child marriage, violence and hopelessness, towards a future filled with hope and possibility and a new generation free from poverty.
The proceeds from this year’s dinner will help girls, just like Phiona, to become leaders in their communities and break the cycle of poverty for generations to come. There are still a few tickets left. You can email Krista atKrista@beautifulworldcanada.org for tickets.
This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.