#Campout2012

In a lot of ways, #Campout2012 was a great success. Our idea was to have 100 kids from across Canada campout for 50 hours raising awareness and funds to meet the housing needs in Attawapiskat, James Bay and eventually all reserves who are suffering through a housing crisis.

A huge thank you goes to the brave campers who joined me in Niagara Falls at Campark Resorts.
Sterling, Avery, Kai, Angel, and Juan. You guys are all heroes. Thank you for making a difference!

 

Our goal for this campout was to raise $500,000, enough to build 2 homes for foster families in Attawapiskat and around James Bay. You see, when children are place in care, because of the housing crisis, even if there are good, qualified care-givers, they don’t have the room to take kids in. Foster children are then sent away from their homes, away from their communities and away from everything they know. Usually it is hundreds of miles away.

I don’t think that’s fair. That’s why we camped out.

Right now we are about  $494,000 short of our goal. So – we are extending the #campout2012 campaign to last the rest of the year. I’m  very confident that we will meet our goal by the end of this year. When I promised to build a playground in Attawapiskat and won the $25,000 Pepsi Refresh grant, we were about $75,000 short of our goal. But I made a promise, and that was my biggest motivator. With the help of CRCS Recreation in Sudbury and people from all across Canada, I was able to keep that promise.

With your help and support, I have no doubt that I will be able to keep my promise of funding two homes in Attawapiskat this year.

Enjoy this slide show of our #camput2012 after party from Barnes Management Group.

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Walking With Wes – Bullet News

 

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Walking To Attawapiskat


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?

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Wes’s Talk At A Gathering Of Young Adults

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You’re Invited – March 18th

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Here’s The Video from 100 Huntley Street

 

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More Good News!

In case you missed “Always Good News With Connie Smith” on Friday – we’ve posted Wesley’s interview here for you.
Be inspired – then vote at: http://www.refresheverything.ca/playground4kash

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Always Good News!

Tune in tonight (Friday February 11th) at 9:30pm (EST) To see Wes’s interview with Connie Smith on “Always Good News With Connie Smith”

Wes talks about the Pepsi Refresh Project and his plans to build a playground in every Remote Northern Community.

For local times and listings, please follow this link: http://www.ctstv.com/agn/

 

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A Conversation Between Wes and his Dad

Wes: “Isn’t one million dollars a hundred thousand times ten?”

Dad: “yes”

Wes: “so if I raise a millions dollars this year, we can build 10 playgrounds this year”

Dad: “Ummm… yeah…(?)”

Wes: “Cool! Then let’s do that”

Dad: “Really?”

Wes: “why not.”

Dad: (Because Dad didn’t have a “why not” answer): “Ok, let’s do that”

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Thank You Pepsi!

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