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What good is a soccer field without the right equipment? Well that question as answered by Ramona Gellel and the children of the Durham School Board where she teaches Physical Education and Health who donated a load of soccer shoes. Bobby Lennox and the West Rouge Soccer Club donates a mountain of uniforms and the nets for the goals we will be constructing.
You can read more about Ramona's amazing accomplishments and believe me there are lots!
For more info about the West Rouge Soccer Club please visit www.wrsc.ca
Thank you to everyone!
I arrived a couple of days before the rest of our group to finalize some arrangements for equipment and supplies. We are waiting in the hotel lobby now for the NPH director to pick us up and start the 3 hour journey across the South East corner of the Dominican to San Pedro where we will work for the next week. Before we leave Punta Cana, we will be visiting Roco Ki Golf Course (www.rocoki.com) where the course superintendant Damon DiGiorgio has graciously offered the use of their brand new Toro TRX Trencher and any hand tools we need to borrow for our project. Thank you to Damon for his generosity, and to Brandon Mathews of Toro (Latin America and the Caribbean) for putting us in touch with him.
Once we arrive at NPH, our first project is to receive the Sea Container that was shipped here a month ago. It is currently sitting in port. Tomorrow’s project is to supervise the grading of the field with a local pay loader that we hired, make contact with the PVC Pipe supply company to ensure our 1.5” pipe will be delivered to the site on Monday and to arrange for Bermuda Grass Sprigs to be delivered on Wednesday for the installation of the turf.
The weather is 30 degrees and humid….a drastic change from the sub zero temperatures at home.
One of the members from another group(not Nutri-Lawn) is unable to make the trip to the Dominican next week, therefore there is 1 spot available. If you would like to join us here is the deal; you would leave with our group from Toronto this Saturday 24 and return on the 31st. The ticket is being offered at $1500.00 and you would receive a 2009 tax receipt. A Great deal! And you might even get famous on this site!
If you are interested we need to know by no later than 3pm Thursday (21st). This is offered on a first come first serve basis.
Please call me, Kalon @ 416-577-3316.
This fly-over photo shows the location of the NPH orphanage in the Dominican, near San Pedro. Located directly across the street is the Texas Ranger and Atlanta Braves Dominican training camp (the 4 baseball diamonds).
To give you an idea of what we are dealing with, here is the loader 'leveling' the area for the soccer field.....
We believe that everyone can contribute in some way to the health of a community somewhere
We believe that when we nourish a community we nurture its future
This is a short video prepared by the Friends of the Orphans - Canada about the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos project in the Dominican Republic.
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