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Student eager to make a difference around the world

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A St. Vital high school student is taking action to help people around the world.


Darci Todoruk is part of the Social Justice group at Windsor Park Collegiate. The group will be collecting pennies to help support the Free the Children’s Water Initiative. According to Free the Children’s website, every $25 raised provides access to clean drinking water for one person for life. The website also said many people overseas have to walk hours a day to get access to clean drinking water. The school’s Social Justice group started four years ago. Todoruk joined in the second year of existence.


The Grade 12 student said she wants to help make a difference in the world. She personally bought seven rafiki bracelets, which also help support Free the Children initiatives.


"It makes me feel amazing to help," Todoruk said.


This isn’t the first time Todoruk and the Social Justice group have tried to help. Windsor Park was one of the first schools in Winnipeg to sell rafiki chains for the Free the Children clean water project. Bracelets were $10 for overseas water projects. The group sold 61 chains during three lunch hours. Every $10 they raised provided clean drinking water for one person for one year.


The Social Justice group has also collected canned food and all the cans went to Winnipeg Harvest. This year the Windsor Park Collegiate Social Justice group also hopes to organize a mini WeDay at the school.


If you’d like to help Todoruk and the Windsor Park Collegiate Social Justice group collect pennies you can email Todoruk at DarciJeanTL@live.ca


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A St. Vital business is taking a different approach to marketing.


Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Centre decided to let Google within its walls to help promote the business. Most places in the city can be viewed by Google Street View, but now people can actually see inside the centre, which is located at 121 St. Anne’s Rd. People can take a virtual tour of the office before they even arrive. The tour starts at the front door and viewers can explore all of the hallways and rooms.


Owner Chris Enns said the interior Google pictures have brought in some business.


"One guy who lived in the area decided to come in after taking the tour online," he said. "People can take a look at the office before they arrive and they know what to expect."


Enns also said that the interior pictures show how big and open the space really is, which isn’t always clear from the outside view.


Enns hired a photographer that works with Google and gets the pictures placed on the search engine.


To take a virtual tour of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Centre visit balancewinnipeg.com.


Krystalle Ramlahkhan is a community correspondent for St. Vital. She can be reached at krystalle.ramlakhan@gmail.com.

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