Jude Law, K’naan, and Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida were among some of the dozens of partygoers for the third-annual Artists for Peace and Justice exclusive luncheon today at U of T President’s Residence. Co-hosted by former Londoner and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, George Stroumboulopoulos and Trudie Styler (Sting’s wife), the charity event raises money to build schools and art centres in the slums of Haiti. Arcade Fire performed.
“There’s no quick fix,” Haggis said. “We have decades and decades of decline. Haiti was the poorest country. They need to know we’re there … to help with long term solutions. If you were a kid growing up in the slums, you’d be lucky enough to go to Grade 6. That was it,” Haggis said.
“Unless you have a lot of money, then you can go to high school. We opened up Grade 7 and temporary structures and we had 120 kids at grade level – 400 showed up, so triple the size of the school.” Later this year, they’ll have a second permanent building going up that can accommodate 1,400 kids, soon to be.