Canadian children's author, Tanya Donahue, teamed up with professional illustrator, Tammie Lyon, to produce her first children's book titled The Hooligans Have Landed. All proceeds from the entire first year were donated to continued aid relief efforts in Haiti.
After the second anniversary of the devastating quake that killed more than 230,000 people and resulted in 1,000,000 homeless, Donahue continues to donate time and money to reilef efforts in Haiti. The Kelowna, B.C. author, says proceeds are going to companies that continue to support relief efforts and infrastructure developments in the impoverished country.
In The Hooligans, Donahue tackles the subject of international adoption and inter-racial families – a stark reality in the face of such disasters. “Not very long ago, adoption was never talked about,” Donahue says, “It was kept quiet, leaving adoptees lost on matters of their own heritage and essentially causing them to feel alienated within their adoptive families. We are seeing a very different reality today. Adoption and birth stories are openly discussed and celebrated, but there is still a huge gap in our literature when it comes to families like my own. My hope is that The Hooligans can help to bridge that gap.”
In the book, Donahue takes her readers on an amazing journey in the adventures of Zander, Jack, Lulu and Adeline Hooligan who have just arrived in Kelowna, British Columbia. Zander, the oldest of the Hooligan children, desperately wants to recover his beloved books from the maze of boxes. At first all goes without a hitch, until he discovers their new home is missing something crucial. Will he be able to solve all his problems with duct tape? Or will a deal sealed with a spit hand-shake do the trick?
Using their expertise and experiences here in Canada and abroad, Tanya and husband Scott, an Electro-Seismic Technologist, have made it their life passion to do what they can not only to promote sustainable development and employment in Haiti, but to actually do something about it.
She says her four children are the inspiration for the The Hooligans Have Landed; the experience of raising an inter-racial family is her driving force. “The book is really the perfect marriage of our passion to make a difference in Haiti, with my passion to write and the reality of our family.”
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