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Charity begins at home

As a young man, Ed Rooney travelled the globe. But these days, the 90-year-old former grain farmer, originally from Marshall, Sask., and now resident of Surrey, B.C., says he lives vicariously through the pages of Canadian Geographic.

To show his appreciation, the long-time reader and member of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society recently donated $100,000 to the RCGS endowment fund. The goal of the fund, launched in the spring of 2004, is to raise $7.5 million to mark the 75th anniversary of the Society.

Interest from the fund will be used to further the Society's work in geography education. "The work the Society is doing is rather basic to Canada," Rooney says. "The rest of us don't know a lot about Canada other than where we've lived."

Though he's visited many different countries, Canada remains Rooney's favourite. "The world is changing so much," he says. "One kind of feels glad to get back to one's own country."

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