Mixing the fun of portaging with the satisfaction of raising money for a good cause, the annual Amici’s Canoe Heads for Kids™ returns to Toronto on May 30 as 130 former campers will Strap canoes to their backs and embark on a 15-km paddle and portage through Toronto’s waterfront to help send at-risk kids to summer camp. Summer camp is an amazing experience for adolescents and young children from ages 7 to 17 to learn great leadership and team building skills. However that opportunity is not an option for everyone.
“Summer camp has a tremendously positive and lasting impact on kids, particularly when they have limited access to recreational activities throughout the school year. We see that camp builds self-confidence, sparks lasting friendships and teaches vital leadership skills. Every child deserves to go to camp,” said Kate Horton, Executive Director, Amici Camping Charity.
Thanks to the generous support of those involved in the Amici Camping Charity, they have raised over $415,000 to send 415 at risk youths to one of the 35 participating camps all over Ontario.
130 former campers including Amici’s Canoe Heads for Kids™ Honourary Chair Scott Russell, host of CBC Sports Weekend, will strap canoes to their backs for a 15-km portage and paddle through Toronto’s waterfront for the ninth annual Amici’s Canoe Heads For Kids™.
Presented by TD Bank Group and D+H, the event aims to surpass its 2014 result of $140,000 raised for Amici Camping Charity, which sends at-risk children to summer camps across Ontario.
Saturday May 30th, 2015. Best times for photos and video:
1:00 pm: Participants begin the 7.5-kilometre portage, parading along Queen’s Quay, past HTO park and Bathurst St., along Martin Goodman trail and arrive at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park.
2:30 pm: Participants finish portage and break at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park.
3:30 pm: Participants start the 7.5-kilometre paddle back to Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre.
4:30 pm: Participants cross the finish line at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre.
Amici Camping Charity benefitting campers share their incredible stories at Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre.
Post-event celebrations with camp games and activities begin!
For more information on the day, visit Amici Charity online here: www.amicicharity.org. We hope to see you there!
All images were provided by Amici Camping Charity.