Niagara Falls Boy to Spend 48 Hours in a Tent to Benefit Northern Starfish and Shannen's Dream

With a goal of raising $12,000, 12-year old Wesley Prankard is getting ready to camp out for 48 hours during his March break.

Niagara Falls, Canada, March 05, 2011 --( Wesley's second visit to the remote First Nation reserve of Attawapiskat Ontario confirmed what he already knew. Life is not fair.

Although Prankard's $25,000.00 idea to build a playground in Attawapiskat was a winner in the first round of the Pepsi Refresh Project, he is not satisfied to stop there.

He says, "I don't think it's right. We take so much for granted here; things like good schools, playgrounds and clean drinking water. These are things many First Nation kids have never seen."

IN January of 2011, Wesley went on to found an organization, Northern Starfish, to assist with his goals of leveling the playing field.

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Along with his vision to build a playground in every remote northern community that doesn't have one, Wesley has become a young champion in the fight to see Shannen's Dream become a reality.

Motion 571 (Shannen's Dream) was introduced in the House of Commons September of 2010. The bill, if passed, will see an end to the inequalities facing First Nation kids in Canada.

Wesley's fundraising goal for this year's camp-out is to raise $12,000. Half will be used to help fund the Shannen's Dream campaign, with the other half being used to support Northern Starfish in building playgrounds in northern communities.

The camp-out will take place at Campark Resorts, 9387 Lundy's Lane (Hwy. 20) Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6S4, beginning Wednesday March 16, 2011 and ending March 18 2011.

More details can be found at:

Wesley or his parents are available for questions, interviews and speaking engagements.

Northern Starfish
Bob Prankard