Well, we’re off!
At the end of June, the long awaited playground will arrive in Attawapiskat!
The final details are being co-ordinated and in just a few short weeks, we’ll be there, on James Bay, working side-by-side with the community to construct a Little Tikes playground!
Last fall, Wes (our 12-year-old son) won a $25k Pepsi Refresh grant for his idea of making sure the kids from this remote northern community had a safe place to play. Pepsi Canada has been a phenomenal partner, and we couldn’t be happier with the awesome, ongoing support they have provided. Pepsi truly cares about making a difference in Canada’s communities. We are witnesses of that fact, and Attawapiskat will be the recipient of their kindness. Thank you Pepsi.
Soon after winning the grant, we realized that playgrounds (especially in remote northern communities) cost much more than $25,000. Much more.
Just this past month, Little Tikes bought into Wes’s vision of building a playground in every remote northern community that doesn’t have one – beginning with Attawapiskat!
Their generosity in the form of discounts and donations (for this build alone) totals to approximately $25,000!
AirCreebec (our favorite airline ever) has once again offered flights for Wes, his mom and I (dad). They have been outstanding, generous and amazing on each of our trips up to James Bay. Thank you AirCreebec!
Even with the generosity of Pepsi, Little Tikes and AirCreebec, $10,000 is still needed to complete the playground.
In an attempt to raise the $10k by June 26th, Wes has decided to walk to Attawapiskat. Allow me to explain:
Between Niagara Falls and Attawapiskat is a distance of 1,587kms. Wesley and a team of three others will walk everyday until their total kilometers reach 1,587.
Be a part of this historic walk by sponsoring Wes’s Team with $10.00
Our goal is to have 1000 a part of this playground build. The community is doing their part by constructing the playground. Wes is doing his part by walking everyday. Would you consider doing your part by clicking here?