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Grant-Clark Bedkit_Distribution_Zimbabwe_16_0710_047-crop-resized.jpgNAME: Grant Clark

AGE: 64

VOLUNTEERS IN:  Africa

CATEGORY: International - Health & Wellness

ORGANIZATION(S): Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW)

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE:

Grant, a retired principal with the Peel School Board, started volunteering in 1991 with the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), an organization which aims is to provide comfortable bedding and bed nets - or "bed kits" - to children between 6 and 12 years old. He got involved with SCAW after hearing about a fellow teacher's trip to Colombia. He invited the founder of the group to his school to speak about the issue, and found himself transformed to the cause.

For the next 10 years he raised money through the students at his school before going on his first mission to Lima, Peru in 2001. He has since been responsible for distributing bedkits to 54,500 children primarily in Africa, including Uganda, Togo, and Zimbabwe. Since then, Grant has presented the story of Sleeping Children Around the World to thousands of school children in Canada to demonstrate the contents and uses of bed kits and speak about the impact of Malaria on Sub-Saharan Africa.

His nominator, Albert says: "Grant and his wife use all their own money to cover travel expenses related to their volunteer work," and he adds, "travel to many of these countries is often dangerous."

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For more information about the Sleeping Children Around the World program, visit their website at http://www.scaw.org/about/index.html

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NOM : Grant Clark

ÂGE : 64 ans

LIEU DE BÉNÉVOLAT : Afrique

CATÉGORIE : International - Santé et mieux-être

ORGANISATION(S) : Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW)

À PROPOS DU CANDIDAT :

Grant Clark, directeur d’école à la retraite de la Commission scolaire Peel, a commencé à faire du bénévolat en 1991 auprès de l’organisme SCAW, une organisation qui a comme mission d’offrir des lits confortables et des moustiquaires ou des « panoplies de sommeil » conçues pour les enfants de 6 à 12 ans. Son premier travail au sein de cette organisation avait consisté à coordonner les dons venant des élèves de son école.

En 2001, Grant Clark s’est rendu à Lima, au Pérou, pour sa première mission à l’étranger; il a distribué depuis des panoplies à 54 500 enfants. Il administre également le programme de SCAW en Afrique. Cet automne, Grant Clark effectuera une tournée de conférences dans des écoles pour montrer le contenu des panoplies et expliquer leur utilisation, et pour parler aussi des ravages de la malaria en Afrique subsaharienne.

Albert, la personne qui a proposé sa candidature, dit ce qui suit de lui : « Grant et sa femme paient eux-mêmes les voyages qu’ils effectuent comme bénévoles, sans compter que bon nombre des pays où ils se rendent sont dangereux. »


COMMENT AIDER : RENSEIGNEMENTS ET LIENS

On peut visiter le site de l’organisation Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) à l’adresse suivante : http://www.scaw.org/about/index.html

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