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DCVI’s Global Voices group collecting pennies

Dear Editor:

With the upcoming change to the Canadian currency system through the elimination of the penny, we have the chance to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Look around. How far are you from running water? Statistics say that the average Canadian is five steps or less from clean water at any given moment. Unfortunately, some people are not so lucky; many people in Africa are forced to walk kilometres to fetch dirty water that makes them sick. Here in Canada, we are often ambivalent towards our water and ignorant to how lucky we are.

Africa is one of the most impoverished areas in the world and many of its inhabitants are kept below the poverty line by their inability to get safe drinking water. When these people drink unclean water they become more susceptible to disease which create costs that families are often unable to cover. Also, gathering water is a time consuming and sometimes dangerous chore that is often given to children, keeping them out of school and taking away their time to just be children.

We can easily help improve this situation. You have probably heard that the penny is going out of circulation at the beginning of the New Year and might have wondered just what we will do with these now useless pennies. A collaborative effort from RBC and Free the Children aims to put the pennies to good use in the largest penny drive EVER.

With just $25, Free the Children can give clean water to someone for life. By donating your pennies you can make a difference in a person’s life.

The Global Voices group at St. Marys DCVI is bringing the world’s biggest penny drive to St. Marys and urges you to bring your pennies to one of many collection sites around the town. All you need to do is bring your pennies to supporting businesses and put them in jars we have left with them. These jars can be found in RBC, A Buck or Two, Dunny’s Source for Sports, Village Craft and Candle, Hubbard Pharmacy, Stewart Books and the Towne and Country Cheese Shop. The members of the Global Voices group will collect the jars at the end of the month and the money will be sent to Free the Children, who will then use your generous donations to bring clean water to more people in Africa.

By donating your pennies to the Global Voices penny drive you are making a difference not only for the people in Africa but the way we look at the world. When people have access to the basic necessities of life they are able to better both themselves and their community and will go on to make an impact on the global village.

Sincerely,

Bronte Cronsberry
St. Marys

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