Kids raise cash for Japan

All the kids from École Davis Road, Ladysmith Primary and Ladysmith Intermediate walked down from their schools and converged at Transfer Beach on May 20 to give  donations for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief to Brian Bradshaw of the Canadian Red Cross.  Around $1,875 in cash donations have been received to date, with some kids still to bring their pledges in.  Kimberley O’Donnell  gave a dedication to the kids about how important it is to help out kids just like them who live on the other side of the Pacific.  A large banner behind  the speakers read “Children of the Pacific Ocean” in both Japanese and English.  Ladysmith town council members Jill Dashwood and Bruce Whittington, and MLA Doug Routley were on hand to thank the kids for their generosity.  Folk guitarist and singer Lena Birtwhistle played and had the kids clapping and dancing in the sunshine.  Brian Thom was emcee for the event.  The event was organized by the three Parents Advisory Councils of the schools.  The Ladysmith District Credit Union donated 500 bottles of water for the kids to keep cool on their walk, and Ladysmith RCMP provided an escort  and traffic control.