It’s not like you’ll be reading

By Felicia Pacentrilli

Looking for something worthwhile to do over reading break? After a much-deserved rest, why not come out and contribute to a good cause.

On Sat., Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Olympic Oval, volunteers will be skating laps to send youth with disabilities to camp. This is the 13th annual Skate- (or Walk) A-Kid-to Camp, where teams of four to eight people can collect pledges, and then in a two hour relay complete as many laps as they can around the 400m Olympic Oval track.

“This is our largest and most important event,” said Suzanne Jackett, executive director for the Between Friends Club. “It is a significant event for the success of Camp Bonaventure, Calgary’s only outdoor day camp for young people between the ages of 5-20 with any type of disability. Proceeds from this event will help close to 600 young people experience summer camp.”

The funds raised will give youth from the Between Friends Club opportunities to go rock-climbing, horseback riding, swimming and enjoy outdoor activities.

Registrations are still being accepted online and prizes will be awarded for most money raised, laps completed, best costumes and team spirit! Food and entertainment will be provided. This year the club hopes to raise $70,000 and expects over 60 teams to participate.

“By participating in Skate- (or Walk-) a-Kid-to-Camp you will be helping young Calgarians with disabilities experience new things, make new friends and develop happy memories,” said Jackett. “Most importantly, the camp experience will give them a strong sense of belonging. Without this event we would not be able to provide a special camp experience to all who wish to participate.”

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