First campers arrived this week!
PINAWA, MB, June 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The Tim Horton Children's Foundation
opened the doors of its new camp, Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell, this week
with the arrival of 177 campers from across North America. This is the
7th camp for the Foundation that provides life-changing camping experiences
for more than 18,000 kids and youth from low-income families each year.
Located on 17 hectares within Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba,
Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell will operate year-round and grow to serve
over 3,800 economically disadvantaged youth annually. Through the
summer months, Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell is the home camp for 1,800
participants in the Foundation's Youth Leadership Program. Over five
successive summers, these young people, aged 13-17, participate in camp
sessions focused on personal leadership development and planning for
future success through in-camp activities and wilderness expeditions.
Throughout the fall, winter and spring, the camp will also welcome
nearly 2,000 children and youth from Manitoba and North Western Ontario
schools and community groups.
"The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is thrilled to welcome our first
177 campers to our 7th camp, Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell," said Bill Moir, President, Tim
Horton Children's Foundation. "Camp Whiteshell will allow us to double
the number of participants in our Youth Leadership Program and provide
enriching experiences that will have a lifelong impact on thousands of
youth for generations to come. We are incredibly grateful to the
countless Foundation supporters who helped make this dream a reality."
Construction of Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell began in late 2013 and would
not have been possible without the support of Tim Hortons Restaurant
Owners, corporate partners, individual donors, the provincial and
municipal governments along with members of the Sagkeeng First Nation
and Manitoba Metis Federation. More than 600 of these Foundation
partners attended the ribbon cutting celebration and grand opening on
Saturday, June 19, including Chief Derrick Henderson of the Sagkeeng
First Nation, Minister of Environment and Mining Jean Desrosier,
Manitoba Metis Federation, Ambassador, Gary Doer, and the Honourable
Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba.
The local community is invited to join us for an Open House on Sunday,
July 5th from 1:00-4:00pm to experience Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell
first-hand. Camp tours and light refreshments will be available. Visit www.thcwopenhouse.com for details.
About the Tim Horton Children's Foundation
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) is a non-profit charitable
organization founded in 1974 that is committed to providing an enriched
and memorable camp experience for children and youth living in
economically disadvantaged homes. The Foundation's funding comes from
Tim Hortons Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, and
year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru
coin boxes, as well as other donations. By the end of 2015, more than
215,000 children will have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to
them or their families. For more information about the Tim Horton
Children's Foundation, please visit www.thcf.com.
SOURCE Tim Horton Children's Foundation
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