What could be worse than finding out one of the children in your family has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness? As you can imagine, the challenges and fear associated with such a situation are truly unimaginable.
There is an amazing organization called Camp Trillium which offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer – and their families together. Officially, the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre works to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.
While the illness is infinitely challenging in itself, the other problem facing families is how to balance the attention their other children require during this difficult time. Camp Trillium addresses these challenges head on, helps them not only cope but thrive with unique, bond-strengthening experiences.
As you can imagine, running such an operation requires significant fundraising development and support. Revenues received in the form of donation are used to run programs at OuR Island and Rainbow Lake, 2 sites in Ontario on which Camp Trillium maintains permanent camping facilities. The primary purpose of these camps and in turn, the revenue from various fundraising development initiatives, are to provide psycho-social support to children afflicted with cancer and to their families.
Like many other not-for-profit organizations, Camp Trillium heavily depends on its income through donations received by Canadian charitable and similar organizations. A few of the keynote events that raise significant funds are actually coming up in just a few weeks.
1) MLSE TEAM UP CHALLENGE at Downsview Park on Sun., Jun. 14
The MLSE Team Up Challenge is a premier fundraising event of its kind – an all day sports tournament where teams compete in soccer, basketball, and ball hockey with the goal of raising money to enrich the lives of kids who count on Camp Trillium. Participants have the opportunity to compete in Downsview Park and HoopDome and enjoy an entire day filled with sports, music, entertainment and philanthropy.
To compete in the tournament, teams of 8-10 must reach a minimum fundraising target of $5,000 ($500/person on average). All funds raised through pledges and donations will help send children who are battling cancer and their families to Camp Trillium. The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. Each team participating in the Challenge is paired with a Camp Trillium family who serves as their honorary coaches to motivate them throughout their fundraising and cheer for them on Game Day.
Click here if you’d like more information on the MLSE Team Up Challenge – or better yet, to register YOUR team! Camp Trillium is also looking for volunteers to help support this event.
2) SET SAIL FOR HOPE at Hanlan’s Point on Fri., Jun. 19
Since 1986, Set Sail For Hope has been raising funds for children living with cancer. To date, the event has provided a huge lift in Camp Trillium’s fundraising development with well over $3 million dollars raised in support of the organization. This past year alone, we raised $163,300 which is enough to send 163 kids living with cancer to camp for 10 days. 100% of the monies raised are donated directly to Camp Trillium.
The event itself is a wonderfully unique, upscale, and memorable day that offers a gourmet, multi-course meal created by some of Toronto’s top chefs, entertainment, beverages, and a beautiful afternoon sail on Lake Ontario aboard a luxurious private yacht.
Interested in getting involved with this amazing event? Click here.
3) TOUR FOR KIDS Aug. 14-16 in Barrie
Tour for Kids continues to be THE cycling event of the season. This year’s route takes us back to the Barrie area for 3 strong days of kick ass riding. Join us as we continue to support Camp Trillium, Camp Oochigeas and Camp Quality for the 12th season!
Tour for Kids is an important, sustainable source of funding for the incredible childhood cancer camp organizations in Canada. Since 2004 Tour For Kids has raised and distributed more than $10 million to these amazing organizations.
What makes Tour for Kids different from other “epic” events? You will be helping kids with cancer while challenging yourself. Tour For Kids is more than just a morning cruise on urban highways with a crowd of thousands. It’s more than just a one-day “gran fondo” Tour For Kids is a 3-day, 300 to 600 km tour of quiet out-of-way country roads and a challenging and rewarding experience. Tour For Kids isn’t just about conquering cancer. It’s about making a meaningful, immediate and lasting difference in the lives of kids with cancer today.
Whether you choose to ride, volunteer or donate, your contribution is meaningful and appreciated. On behalf of the camps and the kids at the heart of Tour for Kids, thank you for helping make a meaningful difference in the quality of life of children with cancer.
To register for the event, click here.
While all of these events are amazing and big revenue generators for Camp Trillium, events are cyclical and there is no guarantee on how long they will continue to run and support the organization.
Camp Trillium is always looking for new people and/or company’s who can contribute to the maintenance and growth of their organization and ultimately the long-term support of families in need.
If contributing to Camp Trillium’s fundraising development initiatives is something you would like to explore further, please contact us at [email protected].