By Deron Hamel
There’s one more reason to attend this year’s Sail Away cruise to help send children living with epilepsy to Summerfest Camp – a reduced ticket price.
Thanks to support from the annual event’s sponsors, the ticket price for the 2017 Sail Away cruise is $70. The ticket price last year was $85.
Virginia Lackey, Epilepsy Ontario’s treasurer, says the organization is hoping the fourth annual Sail Away cruise will be “bigger and better than ever,” adding she hopes the price reduction, which was made possible by sponsorships, will encourage more people to attend.
“We (also) want to get people out to make them aware of the programs that we offer, make them aware of Epilepsy Ontario and to just have a great night,” she says. “It’s great for people to be aware of what we (Epilepsy Ontario) do and to learn about Summerfest Camp.”
Aside from the Sail Away cruise being an opportunity to support Summerfest Camp, it’s also an entertaining night out on Lake Ontario, Lackey notes.
The cruise raises money each year to help send children living with epilepsy to Summerfest Camp, if their families require financial assistance.
For 23 years, Summerfest Camp has seen an average of 20 to 40 children and youth attend each session, where they participate in activities such as hiking, kayaking and sports at Camp Couchiching, near Orillia.
Summerfest Camp enables children aged six to 15 who are living with seizure disorders to attend camp with other children. The camp provides a setting where children can forget about their epilepsy and enjoy a camping experience with others.
The Sail Away cruise, which includes a buffet dinner, dancing, silent auction, 50-50 draw and door prizes, will coast along Lake Ontario’s shoreline for 3 ½ hours on June 8.
The cruise will set sail from the docks at Mariposa Cruises at 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, at 6:30 p.m. and return at 10 p.m.
Click here to register for the 2017 Sail Away cruise or to learn more about the event.
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