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The new pilot plans to fly food to the remote First Nation community



CTVNews.ca staff, with reports from CTV Winnipeg

Published Thursday, December 27, 2018, 10:07 EST

A Winnipeg woman uses her new pilot license to help feed her neighbors to the north, where food prices are much higher than in the city.

On December 28, after several weather-related setbacks, Andi Sharma planned to fly around 160 kilograms of food to Poplar River First Nation, a fly-in community located nearly 350 kilometers north of Winnipeg when crows flew.

"I just came up with this idea and I thought," OK, I will immediately put it in the universe and see what happens, & # 39; & # 39; Sharma said to CTV Winnipeg. "And the response from the community in Winnipeg is extraordinary."

Sharma, who works as a senior analyst at the Northern Healthy Foods Initiative of the Manitoba government, said he learned how to fly as a teenager but only got his pilot license last summer.

Sharma said that it only took a few hours to collect donated items. The flight will take two and a half hours.

"Working as a senior analyst in a southern province, the food security work that I do feels very abstract," he said. "And this is the way I really can make my hands dirty and go down to the community level and make a difference, even if it's in a small way." 1.4233077


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