Note: If you can help with the cause I write about here, there is a Trust Account for young Austin Chapleau at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Acct # 937320029580. No transit number is needed. Any Scotiabank can process.
There is a note at the bottom of the flyer circulating town announcing an upcoming fundraiser for young Austin Chapleau, and it reads as follows:
“We, as a community, can make a difference.”
I suspect there are few among us who do not know the tragic story of 15-year-old Austin Chapleau, and the severe burns he endured while trying to extinguish a grease fire and keep it from burning down the family home in Maynooth.
He is a very brave young man.
Over the course of my career, I have seen too many burn victims. With third-degree burns to 60% of his body — to his face, and his arms and his chest, — he is currently at Toronto Sick Kids hospital for what will be a long and arduous haul.
My prayers go out to him and his family.
So, what can we do? Well, there is a benefit at the ANAF in Maynooth, beginning at 10 a.m., on Sunday, April 21.
We can help by being there, donating what we can, either through money or silent auction items, and joining the community in making a difference.
Like I said, the kid is just 15. He was making dinner for his siblings while his single mother was at work at Vito’s in Bancroft.
In my books that makes him a hero.