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Below are the Latest Donation stats:

  • Date: Monday February 7th 2011
  • Final Total: $287,231.73
  • Cost of a Right To Play program: $50
  • Number of children who will benefit : 5,745

The final figures are in and the Marathon Quest 250 fundraiser is over. We managed to raise $287,231.73 for Right To Play. This will allow 5,745 children to have a Right To Play program in 2011. Thanks to everyone who donated. It was an amazing year and I couldn't have done it with out you.

Last week was busy. Irene and Asana arrived from Ghana and with Sarah, Jules and Jamie, from Toronto, we gave a number of presentations. The main one in Calgary was at MacEwan Hall. Hayley Wickenheiser joined us and talked about her experiences visiting kids in Africa. On the Wednesday, we talked to a group from Samsung and Beckie Scott shared her experiences in Ethiopia. In the afternoon Sarah, Irene, Jamie and myself headed up to Edmonton for the second leg of the awareness campaign. We visited Mother Teresa, Bishop Savaryn and Monsignor William Irwin schools. At the last school one of the kids asked me if I knew about Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum. I said no, but I would find out.

Heidi is two-and-a-half years old and lives in Leipzig zoo, Germany with her sister Naira. Zoo officials believe Heidi's cross-eyed condition is a result of fatty deposits located behind her eyes, which create pressure. But, they can't be sure. They think the fatty deposits could be the aftermath of a bad diet earlier in life, and claim that while her eyes look 'off' they don't affect her ability to get around and aren't painful.

Get's me thinking that now that I've finished my marathons I'd better watch what I eat. I don't want to go cross-eyed!!!!!

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Spider's)

Q. Why did the spider buy a car?
A. So he could take it out for a spin!

Quote of the Day

"You shouldn't spend your entire life trying to fit into the system. You shouldn't just take your place in society and do nothing. The world is huge. The world is awesome. That world is to go out and explore."

Ronnie Simpson, Outside Magazine, February 2011

Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum


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