It’s an improbable friendship. Edgar Gonzales is a World Vision employee and former sponsored child. Fred Penner is a name many Canadians will recognize for his decades on the music scene, and especially as a beloved CBC children’s entertainer.
It all started with happenstance. Gonzales happened to be pulled into a meeting of World Vision Ambassadors that Penner was attending. “Everyone was eating pizza, and I was telling my story,” Gonzales says.
Inspired by Gonzales’ story of resilience, Penner jotted down the beginning of the song three years ago. “Within an hour after hearing him speak, I had written the song.