William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
LADY DI AND MOTHER T
The attached “History” article from to-day’s Victoria Times Colonist brought back some sad memories of how my wife Lynne and I started ICROSS CANADA in 1998 – After retirement from the Army I worked for 23 years at our local Police Station where I started many fraud case files so I had a poor image of do-gooders and I was under the opinion that most of the people who ran charities did so as a job and they were rip off artists. After seeing aids orphans in cribs two and three babies to a crib, I became one. How ironic. I saw their end-stage HIV ulcers and learned that babies born with aids normally lived from 2 to 5 years – their parents already dead from aids they constantly suffered and half an aspirin gave them a good night’s sleep and eased their pain. The Mother T nuns fed and looked after some of these suffering children. Lynne and I came back to Canada and started to ship boxes of antibiotic ointments, dressings and painkillers to East Africa. Because of gun control and the pain in the rear paper work I sold my vast gun collection and used the monies to purchase ointments, dressings and painkillers that we shipped to Africa. Lynne used her own money to purchase these items too and in the first few weeks of ICROSS CANADA (then without the tax number) we shipped 400 boxes via Canada Post through the embassy and CIDA. We got heck from the mail clerk in the High Commission Office in Nairobi because his office was full and we used up his weight allotment for CC and Cigs etc. We had received permission from Embassy Doctor Jeremy Brown who was a hero of the Al Qaeda bomb blasts at the American Embassy in Nairobi – He saved numerous Kenyan and American lives and was awarded the MSM by the GG for his heroic efforts – he told us we could send boxes of meds to him. We later switched to sending the boxes through the CIDA office for East Africa. Our new Canadian charity number was issued with the help of our National Patron, Major General (Retired) Lewis MacKenzie, CM, OOnt, OStJ, MSM and Bar, CD and we maintain the rule that we are strictly volunteers and no one gets paid. We have stuck to this rule. All of our resources go to the third-world’s poorest of the poor.
To date we have sent 800,000 Izzy comfort dolls to the children of war and to the Aids Orphans of Africa. Many dolls are used to pack the PTPs[•] sent out by HPIC[•] and these comfort dolls go out to the third world via our Ontario ICROSS CANADA Director, Mike Comeau who medical supplies and comfort dolls for us. Our ICROSS CANADA Gulf Island Director, Mollie Colson, (Mollie’s Dollies), recently finished writing a book called THE DOLLS OF JOY and when we receive it from the publisher all proceeds of the sale will go to ICROSS CANADA. Major Murray Campbell Edwards and Mr. Peter Protz have helped to fund the printing of this book. Dell Wergland of the Compassionate Ministries Warehouse has been a long time partner of ICROSS CANADA and she is the mover and shaker who sends medical containers to the 3rd world. Without our wonderful partners, friends, supporters and volunteer workers we could not exist.
Our future King, William’s Mother, Lady Di, was a world-class humanitarian who, along with Mother Theresa, loved, cared about and supported orphans with HIV and AIDS. Lady Di also knew Carol Isfeld and both of them were working hard to bring awareness to the removal of land mines following wars where the leaving of unexploded ordnance in the ground was killing and injuring village children all across the globe. Carol’s son Mark gave his life in the removal of land mines in the Service of Peace. The Izzy doll is named after Mark, as he was the first to give his Mother’s knitted blue beret dolls to the children of war. ICROSS CANADA works with The Canadian Landmine Federation as a friendship partner, and we have sent medical supplies such as crutches and prosthetic limbs to the 3rd world via the good offices of Scott Fairweather and the CLMF[•] headquartered in Toronto. Colonel (Retired) Don Ethell, OC, OMM, OSTJ, MSM, AOE, CD, our Alberta Provincial Director has gathered trailer loads of medical supplies and thousand of Izzy Dolls from caring Albertans-He is making a difference in the 3rd world.
One year after Mother T’s death Lynne and I travelled to Africa to lay wreaths from the Royal Canadian Legion on the graves of the peacekeepers who died in the Congo and we learned about the Sisters of Charity and the work they do in the Kiberia Slum outside Nairobi, and in the Famine Feeding Stations of the Samburu etc. I wrote the attached poem the year before we went to Africa –a full year before we started ICROSS CANADA (The International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering) started originally in Ireland by a former Jesuit Brother who moved to East Africa where they ran ICROSS KENYA. These little East Indian Mother Theresa Nuns (the Sisters of Charity) speak English with a British Accent and an East Indian accent and it sounds quaint as they easily switch back and forth into Swahili or Ki Maasai etc… These little girls were orphans who were raised by Mother T in the Calcutta slum and some of them attended schools in England becoming Nurses prior to going out to do the works of mercy in the 3rd world. I heard the Pope wanted miracles to support their founder’s sainthood. Isn’t the presence of these caring miracle workers in the 3rd world doing the healing works of mercy, where others fear to tread, are they not these the qualifying miracles? Mother T is considered a “Saint” by many of us and by all religious groups in India where she is buried and still revered by multitudes.
Be well my friends
Billy: September 7, 2008
William Willbond, MSM, CD
CEO and National President ICROSS CANADA
PO BOX 3, Saanichton BC V8M2C3 Canada
Email [email protected]
NOTE – ICROSS CANADA IS A BONA FIDE CANADIAN CHARITY AND WE ISSUE RECEIPTS FOR INCOME TAX PURPOSES.
PTP = Physician’s Travel Packs
HPIC=Health Partners International of Canada
CLMF=Canadian Landmine Foundation
The needy will not be forgotten, nor the hopes of the afflicted perish (Psalms 9-19) Catholic Bible
Author’s Note: Times Colonist Article of even date (attached) refers.
This Day in History: September 6, 1997: Victorians Praise Mother Teresa’s Kindness
Stories from our pages over the last 150 years
The world would be a better place if people practised only a touch of Mother Teresa’s kindness, Victorians said Friday.
Mother Teresa, who died Friday in Calcutta, was the embodiment of the potential good in all human beings, said parishioners attending noon mass at Oak Bay’s St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
News of Mother Teresa’s death at 87 was barely an hour old when the church service began.
“I think she’s a living saint,” Christina Voorsluis said at the conclusion of the noon mass.
“She just showed the love of God to all the people. If each one of us did a little of what she did, the
world would be a better place.” Mother Teresa worked and lived among the world’s poor.
Much of her life was spent with the destitute and dying in Calcutta. She formed the Roman Catholic Missionaries of Charity in 1946 after a train trip in India to a religious retreat in Darjeeling.
Mother Teresa said the train passed through a tunnel and she had a calling.
“I had to abandon the comfort of my convent, give up everything and follow Him… to serve him, Him, Jesus Christ, through the poorest of the poor.”
The Missionaries of Charity now has more than 5,000 sisters, more than 500 consecrated brothers and more than four million lay workers. — Times Colonist