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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Social Network Helps Goderich

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

Facebook leads to large group of volunteers to help clean up Goderich after tornado.

Social Networking is helping the Goderich recovery.

Local resident Luke Elliot decided to make a difference. He has founded a facebook group aimed at helping clean up Goderich and area with the help of volunteer labour.

So far his group has over 500 members.

It's a little different than clicking "like"-- you actually have to do work.

Work parties began Thursday and there were 15 volunteers involved.

On Friday, Elliot was surprised when the crew grew exponentially -- there were 100 volunteers including a bus load of 50 professing the Mennonite faith who showed up with chainsaws to assist.

Elliot's volunteers do not encroach on municipal property, where specific Ministry of Labour codes apply. The group are private volunteers, helping to clean up private property.

Each volunteer is personally liable should they be injured.

Proper equipment is urged- hardhats, gloves, boots etc.

Today's mission is a Benmiller clean-up. Four properties are involved.

Volunteers meet at the Zehr's parking lot in Goderich at 9:30 AM.

Elliot will give a brief pep talk outlining rules.

There will be food and water available for all volunteers.

If you want to know more about Elliot's facebook group, visit the social network's
"Goderich Tornado Clean Up Hub."


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