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Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority Staff $5 Club donates $2000 to the Rainbow Resource Centre for Camp Aurora

Thanks to Interlake-Eastern RHA staff in our $5 Club, the Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation was able to donate $2,000.00 to Camp Aurora, a four-day subsidized summer camp for LGBTTQ youth managed by the Rainbow Resource Centre.

Every pay day Interlake-Eastern RHA staff who have signed into the club agree to have $5 taken from their pay-cheque and added to a bank account that grows all year. At the end of the year $5 Club members submit recommendations on where the funds the should go and the entire club votes on their top 4-5 recommendations for funding. This year, Myles Drynan, staff member and $5 Club member recommended Camp Aurora.

Camp Aurora is located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park and provides a safe, supportive, and fun summer camp experience for LBGTTQ kids. While at camp kids feel accepted, appreciated, and understand that they’re not alone in their experience. Last year 47 youth were welcomed at Camp Aurora.

The camp is self-funded by donations through the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg. Their goal is to keep costs as low as possible for the campers, and will even waive all costs for a teen unable to afford it.

Last year the youth were asked what they learned about themselves at camp, some of the responses included: self-confidence, trust, that I belong, that I’m not alone, and how to love myself.

Thank you to Interlake-Eastern RHA staff $5 Club for supporting such a meaningful, worthwhile cause.

Camp Aurora

On Monday, May 29, the cheque presentation was made and met by great appreciation from staff at the Rainbow Resource Centre. From left to right: Myles Drynan (IERHA staff/$5 Club member), Sonya Bertoncello-May (Fund Developer, Rainbow Resource Centre), Samara Luprypa (Youth Programs Coordinator, Rainbow Resource Centre) and Pamela McCallum (Executive Director, Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation).

 

 



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