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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Goderich Disaster Close to Home

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

canadian resident in Switzerland contributeS big time to Goderich reconstruction

A Huron County native is reaching out from Europe in an effort to bring Goderich back to its former glory.

Family friend Paul Carroll says Marcy McCall-MacBain felt she had to do something once she saw the images and video of the Square after last weekend's tornado.

She now lives with her husband John in Geneva, Switzerland.

Carroll tells us McCall-MacBain was affected even more deeply by the tornado because she had returned to the area for a visit earlier this month.

At the time she was here Carroll says she was commenting on improving the heritage aspects of the Square.

McCall-MacBain is making an initial donation of 100-thousand dollars to an approved organization.

There will be an additional amount of leverage funding of up to 200-thousand dollars to be matched by cash to raise at least 500-thousand.

The money is to be used specifically to restore and improve surviving heritage buildings on the Square and nearby streets.

Carroll says while matching dollars are necessary to raise the desired amount -- other non-monetary donations are welcome.

He mentions as an example of an in-kind donation that trees are needed to be placed in Courthouse Park.

More details of the McCall-MacBain donation fund and its administration are expected to be made shortly.


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