Duffle bags of donations


By Heather Travis
Friday, February 18, 2011
Kinesiology professor Darwin Semotiuk is loading up approximately 750 lbs. of humanitarian contributions and 15 students to take to Cuba to learn about the culture of sport in the country.
As part of Semotiuk’s “Educational Exploration of Sport and Physical Activity in Cuba” course, the group is travelling to Havana, Cuba for 10 days. They leave later today (Feb. 18).

Kinesiology professor Darwin Semotiuk and students Andrea Masson and Sam Jacobs will be delivering donations of sports equipment and health supplies to Havana, Cuba during a 10-day trip during Reading Week.

In addition to visiting a high performance sport facility and speaking with experts, they will be dropping off supplies such as whistles, dental equipment, sports equipment, school supplies, used orthopedic appliances (donated by the Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic and Kinetic Konnection in Oakville).

On Friday, a group of students packed football duffle bags full of the donated items.

“It’s been really remarkable how the students have embraced the humanitarian contribution,” says Semotiuk.

Last year, the students participated in a tug-of-war competition at a community park with about 20 locals. The thin rope snapped when the teams pulled it. This time Semotiuk’s students are armed with a new rope, donated by the Canadian Tug of War Association and Bluewater Tug-of-War Club.


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