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Giving kids a chance to camp

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Grade 12 PCI singers Jane Unruh (left) and Brandon Letexier singing Queen's 'Somebody to Love' at the Portage Supermarket Chance 2 Camp Barbecue in support of the Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba Foundation. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Grade 12 PCI singers Jane Unruh (left) and Brandon Letexier singing Queen's 'Somebody to Love' at the Portage Supermarket Chance 2 Camp Barbecue in support of the Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba Foundation. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

It was a big day for the Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba Foundation as hundreds turned out to show their support for the organization by purchasing a meal at the annual Portage Supermarket Chance 2 Camp Barbecue held at the CFS office’s parking lot on 3rd Street NE in Portage la Prairie.

Foundation Administrator, Nancy Funk, was thrilled with the turnout and says last year the foundation was able to gift around 75 kids an incredible camping experience.

“Sending that many kids to camp is a huge dollar figure when you estimate camp costs around $300 to $400 per kid. So it’s a lot of money we invest back into the community,” says Funk. “Kids can go to an accredited summer camp for a week and we also cover day camps too. Some kids can’t really handle a night away from their parents at their age so we like to try and send them to day camps when we can.”

People were treated to a fine barbecue lunch with a full selection of different desserts offered. Like every year, the entertainment was provided by the Portage Collegiate Institute jazz choirs Jazzizzle and Jambalaya, who performed numerous songs throughout the afternoon. 

“It’s great to have entertainment for lunch and the choir has been here since the beginning,” says Funk. “The community steps us for us all the time and we rely on them a lot. I know this is barbecue season and people pretty much have hamburgers and hot dogs every day and we do appreciate them coming out and supporting us.”

Funk adds without the amazing support they receive they wouldn’t be able to help out as many kids as they do. A total amount raised will be available in Tuesday’s Portage Daily Graphic.


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