Children from Lac-Megantic
Marie-Christine and I are in the process of raising relief funds with the primary goal of building a new playground in the city center. We personally know many children who have lost on or two parents, and who were exposed to the explosions and flames that burned the heart of their city. While we are all deeply affected by this tragedy, our hearts go out to the children of Lac-Megantic who are grieving and coping with an acute sense of loss.
These children will soon be the new generation of our city, and we want to give them a place in town that will bring happiness and hope to their lives. We want this to be a space where families can share memories. We would like to offer a playground that will feature a mural created and drawn by a local artist. These children will participate actively in the painting of the mural. By giving them a beautiful park where they can play and grow as a young community, this will help the residents of Lac-MÃ©gantic to rebuild and restore their lives.
Please take into consideration our altruistic cause, and help us by making this dream a reality for our town.
"We don't inherit the earth from our parents:. We borrow it from our children".
In French... http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/est-quebec/2013/07/12/005-iles-couple-megantic.shtml
Merci beaucoup, thank you and arigato!
Millions of dollars were spent to rebuild a temporary downtown for merchants and to decontaminate the city. We sometimes wonder where our taxes go when crises like this happen. However, our small project for the children of Lac-Mégantic has progressed over the past year and will soon be completed. Because the tragedy happened two years ago today, we thought it would be important for all of you donators to know where your money is now!
In fact, in a couple weeks, at La Berge Glacée (the local ice cream store), we will start assembling the playground in the shape of a boat! It was created by the local architect Emmanuel Champagne and it’s mostly made of local cedar and rope. The carpenter, Mr. Arnold, is also from our region. The sail will be a mosaïque, by local artist Julie Auclair, assembled from 1300 little illustrations drawn by the children of our region. We asked them to draw their Dream City and the result is spectacular! We’re more than excited to show it to you! The playground should be completed by the end of the summer and thanks to everyone’s generosity, we were also able to pay for an engineer to make the playground as safe as possible.
We’d like to thank everyone who donated on Gofundme, and also the Municipality of Magdelan Island, Optimist Club of Lac-Mégantic, Municipality of Coaticook, École Montmartre, Club Richelieu of Lac-Mégantic, General Store of Piopolis and all other generous donators.
Merci de Lac-Mégantic; Marie-Christine Picard and Simon Bilodeau
Thanks to your donations, we're entering the final stage of our project. Many children in the Lac-Megantic region have drawn their "city of dreams" on a shrink film, and we will soon start a professional version of the mosaic with local artist, Julie Auclair. This mosaic will become the centerpiece of our family park, and will be in the shape of a boat, in gratitude to the generous donations from the Magdelan Islands. We are currently in the process of deciding what park location is best for the children of Lac-Megantic. The downtown core is still closed off to the population, but possibilities include partnering with an ice cream owner who is looking to rebuild his store. Thank you again for your generosity; the project is still making great progress. Merci beaucoup!!!
The committee has now added up eighteen thousand dollars, let's make it to twenty!