By Nancy Kelly
Tana Silverland’s cross-country journey to raise awareness about the SOS Children’s Villages charity brought her to Kingston on July 20, where she was once again impressed by the kindness of Canadians.
Since June 2010, Silverland has been on the road trying to encourage people all over Canada to demonstrate their kindness by supporting SOS Children’s Villages, a charity dedicated to helping orphans around the globe who must rely on the kindness of strangers for their survival.
Silverland’s journey across Canada on a distinctive recumbent three-wheeled trike she calls “Ranger” is similar; she is depending on the kindness of strangers for her own survival.
“By undertaking the journey in this way, I hope to show people the difference a little kindness can make,” she said.
“It is the kindness of Canadians - feeding me and taking me into their homes - that has made it possible for me to keep going this long.”
During her stop in Kingston, Silverland said she was well looked after by members of the Kingston Lions Club, which made a $200 donation to her fund.
“They took very good care of me while I was in town. One of their members hosted me in his home, and another member, who works at the Best Western Aurora Inn, arranged with her boss to provide me with a free breakfast at the hotel.”
Silverland estimates she has raised a minimum of $35,000 for SOS Children’s Villages since she began her Canadian odyssey over one year ago.
“The fundraising is doing very well,” she acknowledges, adding there is more to be gained than just support for the charity.
“For me, the journey is also about the kindness of the people in the places I stop at.”
To follow Silverland’s journey, or make a donation to her fundraising appeal, visit tanasilverland.wordpress.com. More information on SOS Children’s Villages can be found at www.soschildrensvillages.ca, or by calling 1-800-767-5111.