Thursday June 21st. Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue was at Linklater Public School in Gananoque giving 2 Hug a Tree Presentations. Our goal was to reach as many of our local schools with this important information before the children headed off with their families for summer vacation.
Since March 1st of this year to date, our team will have given 35 presentations totaling 120 volunteer hours dedicated to this program alone. These presentations have taken place at St. Joseph’s Catholic School Gananoque, Joyceville Public School, Elginburg Public School, Kingston Christian and Montessori School, and now Linklater Public School. We were also able to go to TIES Public School and 1000 Islands Nursery School in November. In addition we gave the presentation to the Prescott Cubs, Brockville Cadets, Kingston Centre Cub Pack, 1st Fort Henry Sparks and Brownies Gananoque Sparks and Brownies, Brighton/Trenton Sparks and Brownie Camp. This means that more then 1300 children are now better prepared to safely enjoy their summer adventures.
TIGSAR did not have the supplies to do this on our own. From our shortage of supplies for this Hug a tree to presentation which LOWSAR out of Kenora and SAR Global One out of Ottawa generously provided, to many other services that other SAR teams can provide. We are a small part of a huge resource for our community. We are grateful to NSS, SARVAC, and OSARVA for their support in this and many other efforts.