Grads ready to help in Haiti

Kalamalka students want to assist orphanage rebuild after natural disaster

Olivia Trepanier (left) and Azura Kines are heading to Haiti to help an orphanage recover from earthquake damage.

Olivia Trepanier (left) and Azura Kines are heading to Haiti to help an orphanage recover from earthquake damage.

Two Grade 12 graduates at Kalamalka Secondary have a busy summer ahead of them.

Azura Kines and Olivia Trepanier are heading to Haiti in July to help rebuild the Ca-Ira Orphanage, destroyed in the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.

“I feel like this is the best after-grad adventure I could possibly have. I get a mix of a vacation and a new experience,” said Kines.

“It means a lot to me that, being from Canada where we are so fortunate, we can go into a country that is seriously hurting and have the ability to make an impact on the people there.”

Trepanier and Kines will be travelling with Kines’ mom Bev.

The three will be part of the Haiti July 2012 Project, an arm of Langley-based Power to Change.

To help raise money to defray travel and medication expenses, the Coldstream residents have been fundraising with bottle drives, part-time jobs, and a recent hot dog sale.

For this particular project, expenses amount to several thousand dollars.

If anyone wishes to contribute some financial support to this project, they can go to www.globalaid.net/give  and enter the source codes: GAI127TAK1  or GAI127TBK1.

For further information from the volunteers themselves, call Azura or Bev Kines at 250-545-4648, or Olivia Trepanier at 250-545-4376.

“Aside from helping these people, I also anticipate gaining a new perspective of our world. This is an unbelievably opportunity and I’m beyond excited,” said Azura Kines.