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Do you believe the premier’s recent visit to the area is a sign that the Northwest will get a fair share of attention from Queen’s Park?

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2012-08-10 at NOON

Editorial: Small act, big gesture
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Alex Atwill is a shining example to us all.

The nine-year-old selflessly asked his friends to forgo giving him birthday presents at his recent party.

Instead, having heard about all the little boys and girls in Thunder?Bay who lost everything in the May 28 flood, the youngster asked his friends to bring him money.

Alex knew by giving that money to the Disaster Relief Committee’s fundraising efforts, through two-for-one matching by the province, the $200 he got would turn into $600.

In the whole scheme of things, it’s a drop in the bucket.

The city is trying to raise $5 million before year’s end, to meet the demands of residents afflicted by the flood and subsequent sewage back up.

Given that the United Way asked for – and barely reached – $2.5 million last year, a charity Thunder Bay residents are used to donating to each year, it’s a tall order.

But, as young Alex showed, it’s something everyone can lend a helping hand to, if only they try.

No donation is too big or too small, says campaign co-chairwoman Lynn Peterson.

At last count, the fund stood at $804,000. That’s a long way from $5 million.

A long way. If you can find a way to help, please do. It’s your friends and neighbours who need the help.

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xxx says:
I nominate Alex for MAYOR!!! He cant do a worse job than our current one!!
8/10/2012 12:38:56 PM
wayne says:
Sorry Alex, even though your intentions were good, admirable and well-appreciated, your birthday money went to administrative costs and a luncheon for the DRC.
8/12/2012 12:39:59 AM
meta says:
Right o' Wayne!, would like to see the actual "administrative" costs for lunches, honourium?, mileage to these meetings. Or shopping trips for the lady on the committee that lives year round out of town at one island lake. They are not doing this out of the kindness of their hearts that's for sure.

But alias, this will be just as the committee selection process was.....ALL SECRETIVE AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...THE THUNDER BAY CITY COUNCIL WAY!
8/14/2012 2:43:44 PM
Gord says:
You guys are sad. You must be such a joy to be around. I bet you can find something negative in every gesture. I wish tbnewswatch hadn't even printed your comments - the kid did a great thing and we don't need him reading the kind of negative spittle you guys produce.
8/15/2012 7:06:47 PM
fan says:
DITTO! What a cynical horrible message to send to a child who was trying to do what he could to assist others in need. Despicable; shame on you!
8/16/2012 9:35:41 AM
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