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Support for northern community on its way

Betty  Maddocks

By Betty Maddocks

The Rotary Club of Newmarket is supporting two members of the club who are travelling to the First Nation community of Mishkeegogamang in north western Ontario. Janis Bell and Betty Maddocks are driving a large van provided by New Roads Chevrolet GMC dealership to this community filled with many donated items by Rotary members, friends, families and Victory Baptist Church, Newmarket. Items donated include school supplies, warm clothing, food and numerous household items.
Janis and Betty look forward to meeting with the community and will assess where Rotary could help support a specific project when they will bring back a report to their Rotary club. Safe water and sanitation is a priority of Rotary International for communities across the world with numerous projects supported by the Rotary Foundation. This northern community in our own country also lacks these precious amenities.
Other individuals and organizations who have been helping Mishkeegogamang over the past eight years include York Region Coats for kids and its many volunteers under the direction of the late Jack MacFadden of Bradford, Ontario. Another volunteer organization known as Community Care with Paul Burston as leader, plus employees of Christian Horizons and members of Hillside Community Church in Tottenham have been travelling to Mishkeegogamang providing many household items, school supplies, beds and food and even offered sweat equity helping to build houses.
The trip will likely be 10 days as the ‘Mish’ community is over 1900 km from Bradford.

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