12 Year Old Boy Takes on Problems of the World

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Underage overachiever, Bilaal Rajan, 12, proves age is no barrier when it comes to making change.

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is to inspire one million children to take action and help create a more peaceful and caring world. I want kids to find their passion, get involved and make a difference in the lives of others.

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At 12, Toronto-based author, fundraiser and UNICEF Canada ambassador Bilaal Rajan is already a force to be reckoned with. An accomplished writer, fundraiser and children's activist, his book Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever (160 pages, Orca Book Publishers) is an operating manual for making a difference, no matter what your age.

At 4, Rajan stepped up to take on the problems of the world selling clementine oranges door-to-door raising money for victims of the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat, India. Since then, he has raised over $5 million for various causes. At 7, he founded Hands for Help, an organization dedicated to heightening awareness of children's issues and fundraising for those in need. In March 2005, he was chosen as an official Child Ambassador for UNICEF Canada.

This young man on a mission is appearing in Atlanta, Georgia on March 15-17, 2009 and New York City on March 26-28, 2009 on his latest speaking tour. "The goal," says Rajan, "is to inspire one million children to take action and help create a more peaceful and caring world. I want kids to find their passion, get involved and make a difference in the lives of others."

Rajan is currently creating a youth volunteer program with middle schools throughout Canada, hosting a new online radio show and launching two other major fundraising programs to raise tens of thousands of dollars for children's programs throughout the world.

Craig Kielburger, founder and chair of Free the Children, says: "We often refer to young people as 'the leaders of tomorrow,' but more and more, the youth of the world are showing us they can truly be leaders of today. Making Change reminds us there's no need to wait." And with his every move, Rajan is leading the way.

Proceeds from book sales go to UNICEF and other programs that benefit children around the world. More information on the book can be found on its website at http://www.makingchangenow.com or by viewing Rajan's video.

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Sean Cain
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bilaal @ makingchangenow.com

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