Camping for a cause in Bonville

Camping for a cause in Bonville
Maret (left) and Riley Taggart prepare for Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley's Unplugged Campout on Friday

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – Bust out your tents, flashlights, and marshmallows for Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley’s Unplugged Campout overnight fundraiser.

The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry chapter of the community-based, non-profit, faith-based organization invites families and local residents to set up a tent and sleepover at the Bonville Lion’s Club grounds on Friday, July 10, starting at 5 p.m.

“We are planning to have six campfires for marshmallow roasting, a ceremonial Chinese lantern release at sundown and a stargazing area for participants,” said Charles Leclair, special events coordinator for Habitat Seaway Valley.

Campers will rise and shine with a complimentary home-cooked breakfast, served up by the Bonville Lion’s Club from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday night will offer the option of either packing a supper or purchasing hot dogs on-site between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets for Habitat Seaway’s Unplugged Campout are $15 for adults and $10 for children (aged 16 and under). They can be purchased at the UPS Store (Cornwall), Home Hardware (Cornwall) and the Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley ReStore (Bonville). 

Leclair said the fundraiser is an electronic-free, no alcohol, tent only, rain or shine event.

While camping under the stars for a night is fun, the charity hopes the event will get people thinking about those who are permanently without a place to call home, and bring awareness to the issues of affordable home ownership and inadequate housing.

Proceeds will help build safe and affordable homes for low-income working families throughout SD&G (11 families including 28 children have been helped to date). The next home build is scheduled for 2016 in Glengarry County.

The Habitat Seaway Valley’s Unplugged Campout overnight fundraiser is located at 17413 McPhail Road, St. Andrews West, Ont.

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