Youthful Connections

Hike for Haiti raises funds and awareness

 | July 22, 2012

Discovery Centre students, their @KOOL counterparts from Kamloops, teachers, parents, and community supporters came out en masse for the Heffley Lake Hike for Haiti.

The fundraiser was an event to support the charity work of the Wrays, a Kamloops family living at Camp Mahanaim in Haiti.

Organizer, and @KOOL teacher, Laurel Seafoot, was delighted with the hike’s success, stating that over $800 was raised toward purchasing solar lights for the Wray’s facility.

“We’re thrilled to be able to put two more solar lights up here, now we have four in total,” says the Wray family via e-mail. “With no power in the village, and it getting dark at 7 p.m. all year long, it will be a huge help. It will allow many village folks an opportunity to read and study. In the camp yard it will give some security and allow us to get around safely in the evenings. Thanks again, we appreciate the encouragement.”

Construction is also ongoing at the community facility for additional sports courts and a gymnasium, a track has been built, a soccer field planted, and a girls’ volleyball team established.

“Lots of fun things (are) happening here. We look forward to inviting 200 Haitian children a week here some day.”

Raising funds for Haiti was the global initiative the @KOOL students chose to fulfill their We Day commitments.