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Local Saugeen Shores police officer volunteers in Japan

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Sgt. Andy Evans of Saugeen Shores Police

Sgt. Andy Evans of Saugeen Shores Police left today (Wednesday, Sept. 26) on a special trip to northern  Japan.

Evans is part of a group of first responders that include police, fire fighters, paramedics and general volunteers who participate with the not-for-profit David Antony-Gibson Foundation's (DMGF), GlobalMedic.  Rahul Singh founded the David McAntony-Gibson Foundation (DMGF) in 1998 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life on February 7, 1998.

The concept of the organization is "to strive to be an efficient aid agency that delivers the maximum amount of aid with a minimum operating cost " in instances of disaster.

DMGF is an entirely volunteer based organization. Team members take personal vacation time when they need to deploy and assist in packing supplies and fundraising in their spare time between missions.

"There are several ways that the organization helps," explains Evan.  "They go into countries where water purification is desperately needed or shelter is a critical need.  During the Haiti hurricane and flooding, this organization was one of the first with on-the-ground responders."

For the Japan trip, Evans is part of two teams of four each that will travel to Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture that was devastated by the tsunami of 2011.  "It was a town of about 17,000 people," says Evans, "that was completely wiped out by the tsunami."

"I am really looking forward to the two-week experience and helping those in a situation where it is really needed," says Evans.  "The benevolence of this organization and everyone involved is incredible but I could not do it without the support of my family and employer." 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012