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Aug 21st, 2009 | 0

Ally Woodard is nine years old, and will be a 4th grader at Butler Elementary School.  She is a Child Ambassador for the Art Miles Mural Program. As part of the Art Miles program Ally has been involved with several Shoes of Hope projects and recently completed a documentary, “Shoes of Hope – Hope for Peace.”  As part of her mission, she and her parents Alan and Diane Woodard recently travelled to the Philippines, China and Hong Kong.
While in the Philippines, Ally hosted events in Luzon at Bethany Orphanage and LaTrinidad Rehabilitation Center for Special Children. For her work she was honored on July 30 by the Governor of Benguet Province, Nestor Fongwan, who presented her with a key to the Province.
The following day, July 31st, she gave a speech promoting peace at a Philippine Mayor’s Conference at City Hall in Baguio City. She was then presented a key to the City of Baguio by Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr.
Also on July 31, Ally was invited to take part in a coffee tree planting ceremony at Rizal Elementary School in Baguio City. While at the school she also learned about the Eco-Walk for Indigenous People, and looks forward to future collaboration on good will and environmental projects in the Philippines.
On August 7 in Beijing, Ally had the opportunity to meet John Spooner, Ambassador for the legendary Raffles Hotel. During their meeting she learned about the Sunrise Children’s Village Orphanage in Cambodia. Following the meeting with Spooner, Ally toured the Great Wall of China and took the opportunity there to meet local Chinese tourist residents. She met many local children at the wall and was able to share wishes of peace and good will along the way.
On August 12 in Hong Kong, she spent the day at Crossroads Foundation.  She had the honor to meet founder Sally Begbie, and toured the distribution center with David Begbie, Sally’s son. David is Director, Global Village Life X-perience, Crossroads International, and was recipient of the Hong Kong Red Cross Humanity Award.

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