Kash Dash this weekend – Sunday, Aug 21 at the Wigamog, Wild Moose

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Kash Dash is this Sunday, August 21 at the Wigamog Inn. Photo by Terrance Gav.


There’s a line in Blood Diamonds, a movie that starred Leo DiCaprio, that struck me when I first heard it and it commingles forlornly in my thoughts today.

The line is simple, but bleeds complexity as one delves further into the egregious subplot of a very complicated movie. In spite of what the critics might have said at the time.

It’s a morality play but it doesn’t pander. It’s not subtle. Ain’t supposed to be.

It wants to bop you on your noodle. Because it sums up Africa’s plight in a compact mnemonic.


“This,” says a soldier, “is Africa.”

Blunt force trauma. In three small words.

It stays with me today and I repeat the line everytime I see a news report about genocide, famine, dysentry, starving Africans, drought and the vagaries of malaria, HIV-AIDS; and all of the other debilitating and too-long-ignored detritus and crap in a continent that remains a poster child for an uncaring world.

This is Africa.

A depressing jackhammer of implied indifference.

But it doesn’t have to be.

This is Africa can also be used as an inspirational war cry. To fix. To filter. To lay to rest the ignominy of such harsh inertia.

Get on board with CPAR this weekend. Run with Dr. Steve Ferracuti and his intrepid band of regulars at the KASH DASH for African relief.

The kids go at 9 am and you can do the 10 K at 10 am. It’s a nice little run around the peaceful shores of Lake Kashagawigamog.

Come see and sign up by clicking on the ad on top of the page.

Or by going here.

A message from the Canadian Physicians for African Relief and Aid (CPAR)

After more than 25 years, our commitment remains unwavering and our mission continues to focus on working in partnership with vulnerable communities and diverse organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy communities in Africa.

As we move toward the future, our dedication to rural African communities continues to light the fire that motivates us to achieve real, sustainable change.

Working for 25 years in rural Africa is a remarkable achievement for any organization and it is amazing to think that the genesis of CPAR came from one man – Dr. Mark Doidge. A Toronto based physician who had a desire to assist the most vulnerable people impacted by the 1984 famine in Ethiopia.

Over the years, CPAR’s humble beginnings have expanded to include 12 program offices in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. When one reflects upon the history of CPAR, it is quite evident that its growth is truly an international affair of cooperation. Many people in Canada and CPAR’s four program countries have contributed to making CPAR a well respected and successful non governmental organization (NGO).

We would like to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have contributed to CPAR from the governance and operational level. We can all be proud in sharing a sense of satisfaction in the fact that we have contributed to building a strong and dynamic organization.

Twenty-five years of struggle, growth and achievement. Twenty-five years of challenges and triumphs. Twenty five years of inspiration and empowerment.

Get ready to ‘dash for kash’ on Sunday, August 21st!

Sign up for CPAR’s 14th Annual Charity Run and support rural African communities.

TIME: 10am for the 10km race and 9am for the 1km kids’ race (12 & under)

PLACE: The Wild Moose, Wigamog Inn, Haliburton, ON

REGISTRATION COST: $40 for the 10km run and $20 for the 1km kids’ run

REGISTER ONLINE NOW: www.eventsonline.ca

Download the Kash Dash brochure for more information.

Any questions? Please email Steve Ferracuti at:


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