Carol Franks was our special guest on today’s Whistle Stop Wednesday. Complete details about her campaign to ship school supplies to Attawapiskat are available below the video
KETA/Kids Express to Attawapiskat
Campaign to Ship School Supplies to First Nation on James Bay
Peterborough: Area-retiree Carol Franks and the Fowler’s Corners and District Lions Club are teaming up to quickly pack-up and ship 2000 lbs of school supplies, books, games and warm clothing to the children in the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat on James Bay.
Attawapiskat, a community with 550 school children, is north of Moosonee and is accessible only by air, winter ice road and barge.
Two pallets of supplies will travel eight hours by truck to Cochrane, then by train to Moonsonee and finally by barge to Attawapiskat, according to Franks.
‘We are working on a very tight time line,” says Franks. The school supplies have to be in Moosonee for the last barge before freeze-up on September 30th. Rheal Cool who owns MTL barges offered to waive the shipping fees after staff told him about the campaign,” says Franks
“Ontario Northlands Transportation Commission is transporting the pallets at no charge by rail between Cochrane and Moosonee while Dan McWilliams of McWilliams Transport in Peterborough is trucking the pallets to Cochrane free of charge. Coyle Packaging is donating 60 boxes and Kawartha Home Hardware is providing tarps and packing tape. The Canadian Armed Forces is making the Peterborough Armoury available for sorting and packing.”
“The community of Attawapiskat faces a litany of challenges,’’ says Lions Club President Carl Young, “including a high rate of youth suicide, overcrowded and inadequate housing, exorbitant food prices and an unreliable water supply. School supplies won’t solve these problems but at least the children will know we are concerned. ”
The principals, teachers and students at the elementary and secondary schools in Attawapiskat drew up the attached list of supplies, ranging from crayons to calculators to hockey sticks.
Beginning today through Saturday, September 24th, donations of goods or cash may be dropped off at the Peterborough Armoury at 220 Murray Street between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7 and 9 p.m
The 12-day campaign ends Saturday September 24th as the pallets must be on the road to Cochrane by Sunday, September 25th.
Donations of cash will be used to purchase items not collected through the campaign. Cheques should be made out to: Kids Express to Attawapiskat Campaign and sent to the Fowler’s Corners Lions Club, P.O. Box 8613, Highway 7, Selwyn, K9J 0C5.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help sort and pack is asked to just show up at the Armoury.
Those with questions about donations may call Carol Franks at 705 657-1480 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will also be a box for cash donations at the Scotia Bank on Hunter Street.
List of supplies needed
School supplies: three-ring Hilroy scribblers, calculators, scissors, pencils, coloured pencils, pencil cases, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, duo-tang folders, sketch books, paint especially red, dictionaries, graph paper, USB memory sticks, three-fold display boards
Indoor activities: playdough, board games, puzzles, children’s story books, colouring books, soccer balls, basketballs, soft balls, regular darts and boards and dart boards using magnetic darts and hockey sticks
Art and Craft Supplies: bristle board, foam boards, yarn, sparkle paint, tempera paint, bottles of glue, glue guns, glue sticks, stickers, craft wire, pom-poms, corks, pipe-cleaners, Styrofoam balls, balloons, popsicle sticks drinking straws, needles, hole puncher, dream catcher rings, twine, wooden beads, fishing line for beading, construction paper
Warm winter clothing for children from grades one through 12: running shoes, coats, jackets, winter boots, rain boots, scarves, hats, mitts, new socks, backpacks and book bags with drawstrings, flashlights with batteries.
Misc: binding coils, photocopy paper, printer paper, white board markers, multi-meters and pH meters