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raised of £200,000 target by 15 supporters

    Weʼve raised £433 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

    Funded on Friday, 11th September 2020

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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.

    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.

    Three ways you can help:

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    Ask your family, friends and contacts to do the same

    Thank you for your valued support.

    To view the video "A StarDisc for Gander" copy and paste this link into your browser - and thanks again :)



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      • Louis Grittani

        Louis Grittani

        Aug 20, 2020

        StarDisc is a wonderful idea. The people of Newfoundland demonstrate the best of humanity!


      • Anonymous


        Apr 21, 2020

        Wonderful story.


      • Anonymous


        Jan 14, 2020

        Best of luck with this Chris.

      • Anonymous


        Dec 17, 2019

      • Pat Chapman-Pincher

        Pat Chapman-Pincher

        Dec 13, 2019

        Wonderful idea!


      • Dave Hunter

        Dave Hunter

        Dec 10, 2019


      • Sheldon Handcock

        Sheldon Handcock

        Dec 10, 2019

        I think this is a wonderful gesture for out town. Hope to see you back in 2021!


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      Chris Spencer

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      An initiative to thank the Islanders for accommodating the 6700 "plane people" flying to New York on September 11th 2001 and was diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. !

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