"Hi, I'm Wes Prankard and I'm a 14 year old philanthropist." For Wes, the journey began January 2010 when his dad returned from a trip to Attawapiskat. Over dinner, he shared stories and pictures of people living in third-world conditions. The fact that his dad didn't leave Ontario to witness these living conditions was unfathomable to Wes, who immediately set out to do something. Camping out for 24 hours during March break in 2010, Wes raised $6000.00 and 12,000 pounds of food and clothing to assist the people of Attawapiskat.
What followed was a trip to meet the community, when Wes realized that there were no playgrounds there. Wes contrasted that to the 55 playgrounds in his home town and he wondered how that was fair. A $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project was the start of Northern Starfish; an organization dedicated to bringing equality to First Nation Kids in the area of Education, Health and Play. His mission is to build a playground in every northern community in Canada that doesn't have one, and he accomplished the first step this summer in Attawapiskat.
Wes's media and speaking credits would be admirable for someone three or four times his age. One of his favorite things is speaking to groups of any age - challenging, inspiring and encouraging them to make a difference. There is a quote he likes to use from Helen Keller: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do every thing, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
"Three Dates That Changed The World"
There are so many issues and so many injustices that we see or hear about everyday. Today for instance, a young 14 year old girl was shot and killed by the Taliban because she believed that girls should have the same right to an education as boys. Her death was wrong and somebody should do something. But who?
I want to attempt to answer this question by sharing three important dates with you. March 1955, May 2010 and October 2012. Three dates that changed the world.