Mount Forest man encouraging residents to take part in sidewalk chalk campaign

MOUNT FOREST – Stu Husk hopes the simple combination of sidewalk chalk and community spirit will result in an extraordinary show of support for those working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chance to win some free pizza is just the icing on the cake.

Husk is asking all residents of Mount Forest, regardless of age, to get creative this weekend with sidewalk chalk messages and images of support on their own driveways.

He and his wife Heather Aitken are personally organizing the initiative on April 18 (in case of inclement weather, the backup date is April 25).

“I wanted to thank the first responders, health care workers and other [frontline  workers],” Husk said.

He asks that all creations be completed by 1pm; later in the afternoon he and Aitken will drive around to view and photograph all the displays.

Local paramedics, firefighters and police officers have also signed on, said Husk, and they will drive around the community to view the chalk creations.

Twenty lucky participants will be entered in a draw for a free pizza.

Husk, who is retired, said he is buying the pizza and organizing the event as a gift to the community and to  frontline workers.

“I just want to go out and I want to see kids with smiles on their faces,” he said, before stressing the event is open to adults as well.

“It’s open to everybody in Mount Forest, even if they don’t have kids … we will hit every street in town.”

Husk and Aitken will travel by car to take photos, ensuring everyone adheres to physical distancing. They’re even offering to sell sidewalk chalk – and deliver it – to anyone who needs it (at the cost they paid in store).

“We’re a small community … but I want to show people what we can do,” said Husk.

Anyone who needs chalk or more information can call Husk at 519-323-9054.