Children from Lac-Megantic

$2,500 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 57 people in 61 months
On July 6th, a 72-car train carrying crude oil crashed in my beautiful town of Lac-Megantic. The explosions and flames lasted for many hours into the night, shocking the city center and surrounding neighbourhoods. The flames engulfed several houses and le Musi-Café, the most popular bar downtown. Many residents of Lac-Megantic lost their lives on this tragic night, leaving behind children and loved ones. One month has passed since this accident devastated our town, and its aftermath continues to shake our community.

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-Mégantic 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
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Here it is! After two years of hard work, we finally finished the boat and the sail. We'd like to thank all of you for giving us the chance to help our community. Thanks to your donations, the children of Lac-Mégantic participated creatively in the reconstruction of their new downtown.
Merci beaucoup, thank you and arigato!
The owners and their new boat!
We thank you for your generosity
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Two years ago, the citizens of our hometown were woken up by flames and explosions from a 72-car train that crashed and spilled more than 7 million liters of crude oil. Forty-seven people died leaving behind loved ones, relatives, friends, and children. Since then, Lac-Mégantic has been struggling economically and socially, trying to rebuild its downtown. Financial help was needed and people around the world have answered positively. Many thanks again from Lac-Mégantic!

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
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http://www.espacedenosetoiles.com/

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!!!
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Three months later, Lac-Mégantic still needs your generous help. Thanks to your donations, the project Espace de nos étoiles is making great progress. For your information, the website espacedenosetoiles.com was created to help you see the advancement of its success.
The committee has now added up eighteen thousand dollars, let's make it to twenty!
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Raised by 57 people in 61 months
Created August 5, 2013
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$190
Anonymous
37 months ago
LL
$20
Lawrence Lessard
40 months ago

Bonne chance.

AA
$20
Audrey Anderson
59 months ago

From friends in DC - sending love and hugs

TL
$15
The Lloyds
59 months ago

Such a tragedy. Wish there was more awareness of this in the U.S. Best wishes on rebuilding your town.

TS
$50
Toru Sugawara
59 months ago

Simon, we are thinking of you and your home town. Take care.

AN
$15
Amy Newnham
60 months ago

Hi Simon, Thinking of you and your town xxx

IC
$35
Isobel Craig
60 months ago

Sorry that this has taken me so long, Simon. You are doing a fantastic thing here! All our love, Issy and Andy x x x

$20
Anonymous
60 months ago
JP
$50
Jill Pettipiece
60 months ago

I'll always remember my trip to Lac Megantic and the lovely people who made me feel so welcome there xxx

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