On Saturday, June 13 organizations from across Michigan will converge on Ann Arbor bringing truckloads of humanitarian aid for the people of Nicaragua. Under the auspices of Michigan Quest for Peace, the organizations will load the supplies onto a cargo container for shipment directly to Nicaragua. The loading will take place near the Burns Park shelter from 12 noon until 5 pm Saturday, June 13. The public is welcome and food, refreshments, and entertainment will be on hand. Michigan Quest for Peace is a network of 70 organizations collecting humanilarian aid for Nicaragua, lts goal is to raise $3.8 million worth of aid in the period from July 1, 1986 to September 30, 1987, Michigan's per capita share of the national goal of $100 million. "The average value of a cargo container is $300,000", says Jim Burchell, coördinator of Michigan Quest. "This shipment will bring our tally to over $1.1 million". Over half of the materials have been donated by Ann Arbor citizens, according to Burchell, through a clothing drive for Ann Arbor's sister city of Juigalpa sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace's Religious Coalition on Central America.The Sister City Task Forcé will send a Clivus-Multrum composting toilet, donated by that company. Other materials will include powdered milk, medical supplies, and educational materials. The size of a cargo container is 40 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft and costs $7,000 to ship to Nicaragua. Donations for shipping costs may be sent to Michigan Quest for Peace, 1910 Hill St., Ann Arbor Ml, 48104. For more information cali Jim Burchell at 769-5051.
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