Gimli’s Tim Hortons crew celebrated Camp Day on June 6 with a draw. All proceeds from coffees sold by Tim Hortons restaurant owners on Camp Day will go towards sending underprivileged children to camps. Pictured from left: Gimli cashier Sam Lambkin stands with her supervisors Pam Sigurdsson and Shannyn Mikolash while displaying some of the different coloured bracelets you will receive for making a $2 donation to the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation at any Tim Hortons location.
Tim Hortons in Gimli hosted Camp Day on June 6, featuring a draw for any $2 donation made to the fundraiser, according to the location’s supervisor, Shannyn Mikolash.
The instructions on the Gimli location’s donation box said the draw would be held on June 7 and the winner would be notified with a phone call at 9 a.m.
One customer was very happy to have the opportunity to give back to the cause.
“I went to Tim Hortons Camp,” said Abby Rizic, a Gimli resident who said she and her siblings were split up to go to different camps around Canada when they were kids. She is now 22.
“It was randomized, for us. My brother went to one on the coast,” she explained. “I went to one in Alberta.
We got to go white water rafting and horse back riding up into the mountains for a night.”
Rizic and her friend Scott Marchewka said they thought it was a great cause and they were happy that their coffee money would help families send kids to camp that normally wouldn’t be able to go.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for kids because a lot of times, they don’t have the opportunity to (attend camp),” Marchewka said, with a little help from Rizic.
Tim Hortons has seven camps located in both Canada and the United States. Its first camp opened in 1975 on Lorimer Lake, just north of Parry Sound, Ont. Its American location is based out of Campsville, Kentucky and its most recent and only Manitoban camp opened in Pinawa in June 2015.
The Whiteshell camp offers a challenge course, canoeing, nature trails, creative arts and more, according to its website.
Tim Hortons Camps welcome schools from low-income neighbourhoods for two distinct four-day, three-night trips. They invite students to participate in camp experiences designed to develop life and leadership skills, which provide the building blocks for youth engagement outside of their school community.
Students are invited to challenge themselves between camp visits with community service project that they develop while at camp. The program is set to inspire children, to instill positive cultural change in their schools and foster an intention to make communities better through constructive actions.
Each coffee purchased on Camp Day helps to send children from low income families to a Tim Hortons Camp in Canada. Tim Hortons Camp Day is the company’s largest annual fundraising initiative.
For more information about Tim Hortons Camps, visit timhortons.com.