Service club camping overnight to mark 25 years

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club members have their sleeping bags ready for a cold night of celebration.

At Lamoureux Park, just west of the clock tower, four service club members are enjoying a 25-year milestone surrounded by bales of hay in a large tent.

Downtown traffic couldn't help staring on Friday afternoon, and that was all part of the plan. Larry Gaunce, club president, hopes the overnight spectacle showcases how their local fundraising efforts help on an international level.

"We've had a great response so far," said Gaunce. "We're here to spread awareness about the charities we work with as we celebrate many years of servicing the community."

The tent is part of a disaster relief kit from the club's main charity ShelterBox.

Fellow club members Ted Castle, Sebastian Warner, and Peter Labelle will also be spending the night in Lamoureux Park.

The Rotarians will be up against rigid winds as they attempt to entice new membership.

"We're always looking for new members," said Castle. "We welcome people who have good hearts and open minds who like to help out their community."

At 8 p.m. they will be snowshoeing around Lamoureux Park.

"Come out and join us. We're a fun group. Who else would do something like this?" he joked.

The service club's generosity has also made lasting impressions on the city through financial and hands-on support to the Aquatic Centre, playground facility at Lamoureux Park, Benson Centre, and Children's Christmas Fund.

The Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on Jan. 11, 1989. They currently have 20 members and meet on Wednesdays for breakfast.

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Organizations: Aquatic Centre, Benson Centre, Christmas Fund Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club

Geographic location: Lamoureux Park

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