A viking ship made from 5 million recycled ice cream sticks by 5000 school kids is ready for the high seas. "Thor" has already had it's shakedown cruise on a lake. Next challenge? Cross the Atlantic.
"It's to show kids you can do anything," said McDonald, who spent four years on the ice cream stick ship project. "It's not what the doctor tells you, or the nurse tells you, it's what you tell yourself. I'm out to show that."
The shipbuilder has overcome some things as well. At 9 years old he lost his entire family in a gas explosion. It took him 5 years to recover.
"I'm not disabled, look what I've done, look what we have done, look what the kids can do," McDonald told the BBC. "It's not only a ship of ice-cream sticks, it's also the world's largest recycled object."
Bravo. It may just be a popsicle stick ship, but it is also full of that kind of human spirit. The world needs more men like Mcdonald. I hope the ship does cross the Atlantic.
It would prove to these kids that you can do anything you want to do. All you have to do is envision it and do the work. And that a popsicle stick never EVER has to be just a popsicle stick.
Couldn't find an actual picture of their boat, but I imagine it is this model shown.