Exploration company issues donation challenge – By Chris Ribau (Timmins Daily Press – October 28, 2011)

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Solid Gold Resources Corporation contributes to 2012 Timmins Centennial Legacy Project

The management of Solid Gold Resources Corporation took the opportunity Thursday to demonstrate their commitment to the community and also honour the pioneers who initiated one of the largest ever gold rushes ever.

The company donated $1,000 to the Porcupine Prospectors and Developers Association in support of the 2012 Timmins Centennial Legacy Project. The project aims to erect three bronze statues honouring John S. Wilson, Sandy McIntyre and Benjamin Hollinger.

“It is a privilege to be part of the Timmins 100th anniversary celebration,” said Darryl Stretch, president of Solid Gold. “Names like Wilson, McIntyre and Hollinger are synonymous with the spectacular discoveries that launched one of the biggest gold rushes in history and led to the founding of Timmins in 1912.”

Tyler Fauvelle is the artist tasked with creating the seven-foot-tall sculptures commemorating the Porcupine Mining Camp’s most renowned prospectors.

“Today we’re very pleased to contribute to the creation of the bronze statues commemorating Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inductees Hollinger, McIntyre and Wilson,” said Stretch.

Following the cheque presentation, Stretch posed a challenge to companies operating in the region.

“At the same time we challenge the 80 or so other explorers in the region to match or exceed our donation by sending a cheque to the Porcupine Prospectors and Developers Association,” said Stretch.

Mayor Tom Laughren reflected on the history of mining in Timmins.

“When I think of Dean Rogers, president of the Porcupine Prospectors and Developers Association, and those statues, I’m glad I’m here today because this is something that is very important,” said Laughren. “We fought very hard to get these three inductees into the Canadian Hall of Fame and it was something, in our mind, we thought was long overdue.

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