Local man returns to Haiti to build four-room school

Fundraising garage sale to be held on Feb. 4 to help the cause in Haiti

A garage sale next week will help send Craig Gooding back to Haiti to expand a four-room school he helped build after the disastrous 7.0 earthquake in 2010.

Gooding, a Parksville area builder, was part of a group of Canadians that built the school with funds raised in Canada, but it is already overcrowded with 360 children and nine teachers. He leaves Feb. 10 to help add two classrooms and a kitchen, since the school provides children with three meals a week, currently cooked outside. The school is operated by the non-profit Faith and Love in Action (www.faithandloveinaction.org).

Gooding’s mother Tina is hosting the fundraising garage sale at 10 Constantine Place in Parksville on Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. She said donations are trickling in, but she has plenty of storage room and would love to see a lot more.

All funds raised will go directly toward construction, with none used for administration she said. The team is paying for their travel and living expenses out of their own pockets.

To donate items or for more info call Tina at 250-248-3665.