Young woman's legacy lives on in Africa

Her daughter may have died more than four years ago, but Leanne Knowles hopes her legacy can live on with the help of some local hockey fans.

Cara Knowles, 25, died in her sleep in December 2005. She was teaching English and English literature at a school in Agona Swedru, a small town in Ghana, Africa.

Knowles said Thursday Cara went to Africa to make a difference and had begun raising money for a visitors' centre for the people of Agona Swedru.

"She wanted to leave something when she left," said Knowles.

When Cara died from an undiagnosed heart condition, the family decided to keep her dream alive by building an infirmary/visitors centre for the town. Knowles said the project mushroomed from there.

"It's about 800 or 900-square feet, this little building. It's really cute," she said, adding construction is almost complete

Cara's friend, Babita Bains, and another Canadian, Brian Blaymiers, have overseen the project with the people of Agona Swedru pitching in to build it.

About $20,000 has been spent on the centre, which will be called Canada Corner, but money has run out. That's why a small table will be set up at the Interior Savings Centre during tonight's Blazers game to accept donations for the project.

Only $500 is needed to finish Canada Corner. Knowles said any help Blazers fans can offer would be wonderful. The funds will be wired to Ghana through Western Union.

"We just need a little more help," she said.

Cara was a teacher-on-call with the Kamloops-Thompson School District before she went to Africa. Her father, Bill -owner of Knowles Exhaust - died of a heart attack in 2003.

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