Posted by Adam Kertesz
On a personal note, today is my single favourite fund raising day of the year. It's Tim Horton's Camp Day. For those unfamiliar with it, here's a little description of this awesome day, taken off their website:
What One Cup of Coffee Can Do
Every time a customer buys a coffee at Tim Hortons on Camp Day they will help send close to 14,000 kids - who could otherwise not afford it - on the camping adventure of a lifetime. All children who attend one of the Foundation's six camps are selected from within the communities where Tim Hortons stores are located. Tim Hortons Store Owners work closely with local youth organizations and schools to select children, between the ages of nine and 12, to attend a 10-day summer camp session or seven day winter camp session.
"By purchasing a coffee on Camp Day, our customers give kids, who live in their very own community, an opportunity to experience a camping adventure that will inspire them for years to come," says Bill Moir, President, Tim Horton Children's Foundation. "Together we can continue to foster within thousands of children the quest for a brighter future."
I attended some form of camp (first day camp, then overnight camp) from the age of 6 all the way until I was 24 years old, so you could imagine how close to home this type of initiative is for me. Camp is a truly remarkable experience that without question played the biggest role for me personally in shaping who I am today. Where else do children get the opportunity to play every day with kids their age, and have daily access to such awesome activities like waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, horseback riding, archery, dance, basketball, soccer, baseball, and hockey (just to name a few!) Some of my closest friends today are friends that I met at camp. It is a place where incredible growth can take for every child that attends, and it is where children can best learn to be independent- a key building block in the character development of a child.
Today is the day where simply buying a coffee can help send kids to camp who otherwise might never have attended. Please take some time out of your day and buy yourself (or the guy behind you!) a coffee. You will be changing a child's life.