Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rodney STAFFORD arrives in Edmonton

Rodney STAFFORD arrived in Edmonton today - at the end of his long bike tour from Ontario to honour the memory of his daughter, Tori.

The welcome was at the West Edmonton Mall and it was quite impressive. ChildFind Alberta had arranged the event along with Rodney's sister, Rebecca. Staff from the RCMP and Corrections Canada provided the manpower to run the the "Child ID" fingerprinting kits and a number of very talented kids provided entertainment. There was also a silent auction of many interesting items, including a brand new unused version of the bike Rodney rode on his trip.

Rhonda had the foresight to bring a gift of "balloon art" in the shape of PAAO's entwined hearts logo! And Jimmy's young son, 5-yr old Keegan got up his courage to present it to Rodney (with out letting go as it would have floated up to the roof!). Rodney was obviously very touched by Keegan's gift and thanked him. CTV Edmonton had a clip of Rhonda hugging Rodney after he received the balloon art on evening newscast, and Global Edmonton Newscast - Sat Sep 19, Evening News 6pm.

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