Weʼre raising £200,000 to send a StarDisc to say thank you to the people of Gander, Newfoundland for their faith restoring acts of humanity on September 11th 2001
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Immediately after the 09/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, Pentagon and the hijacking of Flight 77, all incoming flights were redirected away from American air space. 38 planes from across the globe, carrying nearly 7000 passengers and crew from 96 countries were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland. The local population was then around 10,000 which almost doubled in the space of a few hours! En masse, over a number days, residents gave over their town and gave up their day jobs to selflessly devote themselves to the welfare of thousands of displaced and disoriented refugees.
The town’s folk demonstrated abundant generosity and kind-heartedness, providing beds, blankets, food, drink, entertainment, reassurance and a whole lot more. They did whatever it took to help diminish the shock and shut out the horror.
I am just one of many who received and witnessed the compassion and generosity of the islanders. Although I myself am agnostic, this extraordinary experience made me understand why people have faith in God, and I now know for sure the existence of angels... they are the gracious people of Gander, who welcomed us with open arms and provided shelter from the storm… for this, I and fellow stranded passengers and crew have reason to thank our lucky stars and remain forever grateful.
These are the events which inspired the hit musical ‘Come From Away’ and several books including Kevin Tuerff’s Channel of Peace and Jim DeFede’s The Day the World Came to Town.
Together with your help, we will be able to:
- Commission, ship, construct and launch a StarDisc in Gander for 09/11/2021
- Give thanks to the town and recognise the compassionate humanity of its citizens
- Commemorate the 20th year of that fateful day
- Establish a permanent memorial to ensure the events surrounding 09/11 are remembered by future generations
- Help enrich the town’s cultural activities
- Support the local economy
- Celebrate universal inclusion
Created by artist Aidan Shingler, StarDisc is a 40ft diameter 21st century stone circle featuring the stars, constellations and the milky way carved into an illuminated granite disc. The inaugural StarDisc is located in my home town of Wirksworth in England's Derbyshire Dales.
Gander Town Council have set aside a site in Cobb's Pond Rotary Park.
We so want to send Gander the best gift we can - a 40ft full-scale StarDisc, but If we fall short of our funding target we will use donations we've received to commission either a 21ft, 14ft or 7ft Micro StarDisc.
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Best of luck with this Chris.
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I think this is a wonderful gesture for out town. Hope to see you back in 2021!
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I was one of the 6700 "plane people" flying to New York on September 11th 2001 and was diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. £200,000 sounds a lot but even if just the plane people were to donate, it works out at £28 each to say thank you - written in stars and stone!