Anita’s Send a Kid to Camp Fundraiser

PLEASE JOIN ME: GIVE A CHILD-IN-NEED THE SUPPORT THAT CAN CHANGE THEIR FUTURE…

As many of you know, I am proud to be a member of the Moorelands Kids Board of Directors – it’s a cause that is close to my heart.

Moorelands Kids’ purpose resonates with me on so many levels:  Moorelands exists on the foundation that every child has the right to succeed in life.  This purpose is brought to life by providing kids from Toronto with the opportunity to spend a week at Moorelands Camp,  forming friendships and memories, surrounded by the beauty of Kawagama Lake, as they have been doing for over 100 years.  In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed many things but Moorelands Kids was still able to support 1356 kids, 417 at camp, 177 in after-school programs and the remainder in family programs.  Most of the camper families we support have a household income of less than $24k and a typical family size is 4.

Kawagama Lake is a special place for me and my family and the life skills and experiences that children get from going to camp are profound and life changing. I hope you will join with me to bring the joys, friendships and life lessons of summer camp to Toronto kids facing economic barriers. 

This summer, Moorelands Kids is offering children and youth the opportunity to attend a fun, interactive and engaging online camp experience. The board and staff came to the tough decision to hold camp virtually in summer 2021 after weighing the best medical advice and the safety of the children we serve and that of our staff.

With all of the stresses caused by Covid-19 — along with the regular stresses of growing up with financial challenges — children need the kind of supportive environment Moorelands Camp provides.

Watch as Lucia explains why Moorelands’ Virtual Camp is so important.

Let’s join together to send kids like Lucia to camp and make sure no child has to spend their summer alone.

With much appreciation in advance,

Anita Stefan

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HOPE AND MARY’S STORY

When Sarah and her three children, David (now 19), Faithy (now 16), and Mona (now 12), first arrived in Toronto in the late 2000s, they faced many challenges. For Sarah, leaving her secure job as a teacher in Nigeria for the better life Canada offered her kids, came with a great deal of risk.

Sarah explains, “Starting a new life in Canada was not easy. It was very hard for me to get work as a teacher here… there were so many challenges and struggles that my husband went back. These past years have been hard. I am praying that it will all work out. I just want the best for my kids.”

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From the hot city streets to Moorelands Camp!

Tucked away on 45 acres of sandy beaches and dense forests, accessible only by boat, is Moorelands Camp. A gem in the Algonquin Highlands, each summer our summer camp welcomes 700 children and youth from some of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Swimming, canoeing, music, kayaking, archery, ropes courses, arts and crafts and overnight tripping… the spirit of the wilderness! And build into all this fun are character and leadership lessons – communication, teamwork, problem solving and goal setting – the development of skills necessary for life success!

Staff care deeply about the campers, supporting them as they practise positive interactions with each other and with adults, and celebrating their achievements. Campers return home bursting with great stories of their personal accomplishments, new leadership skills and wonderful memories.

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