Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Way to go Wes!

Wesley is accompanying his Principal downtown to UNICEF today to turn in his donations that he raised to help the children impacted by the Eartquake and subsequent Tsunami's. All together, including online donations, personal cash and cheque donations, and the event he held at his school (donations from student's and staff) Wesley raised just over $1200.00!! Double that with the matching funds promised by the federal government and that becomes $2400.00!!

I am so proud of him! He did an awesome job, and all in the past six days. He inspired and motivated everybody around him and certainly did manage to make a difference. Good job Wesley. Good job Canada!

The Canadian Government has promised $265 million in aid to include humanitarian aid, the deployment of Canada's DART, debt moratorium for the affected countries and $150 million to match the donations made by individual Canadians. ($150 million in personal donations made by Canadians!) A further $160 million will go toward reconstruction efforts between 2005 and 2009.

"At a time of crisis, of disaster, the response of Canadians has been truly extraordinary."
- Prime Minister Paul Martin

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