Check out Canada’s largest dock-todock party

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/LIFESTYLES - RITA DEMONTIS

There’s a spe­cial fundrais­ing sum­mer event tak­ing place across Canada on Aug. 15, and you’re all in­vited. And it checks off all the boxes: It’s vir­tual, so­cially-dis­tanced and it’s a party-with-a-pur­pose – rais­ing funds for the CNIB Lake Joe one-of-a-kind camp fa­mous for its in­no­va­tive pro­grams to help not only those with sight loss but oth­ers with life-al­ter­ing dis­abil­i­ties, cop­ing with the ef­fects of war, and just learn­ing how to em­brace life again.

Founded in 1961, CNIB Lake Joe, lo­cated in the heart of Muskoka, Ont., is a truly one-of-a kind camp and the only fully ac­ces­si­ble camp in Canada of­fer­ing a wide range of pro­grams that en­cour­age camp guests of all ages to de­velop “new skills, build con­fi­dence, gain in­de­pen­dence, and have fun within a com­mu­nity of peo­ple who un­der­stand them and cel­e­brate their unique­ness,” says Tara Oliphant, man­ager of phi­lan­thropy for CNIB. It’s for peo­ple “who want to ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tiv­i­ties so many of us take for granted.”

The camp is lo­cated on an ac­ces­si­ble lake­front prop­erty that stretches over 12.5 acres on the north­west cor­ner of beau­ti­ful Lake Joseph and of­fers such sum­mer pur­suits as ca­noe­ing, camp­fires, kayak­ing, cy­cling, water-ski­ing, swim­ming, sail­ing and fish­ing.

And here’s the thing: It’s open to ev­ery­one across the na­tion. Monies raised through ini­tia­tives such as the “dock party” go to­wards bur­saries to help pick up the costs for a camp ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ev­ery year for the last four years, the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee would throw a dock party at the camp. Well, this year, COVID-19 has chal­lenged or­ga­niz­ers to think out­side the box – and they did, ask­ing donors and guests to raise funds by host­ing their own soiree. And if you don’t have a dock no wor­ries – all party get-to­geth­ers will do, in­clud­ing back-yard bar­be­cues, cot­tage meet-and-greets and even so­cially -dis­tanced din­ners on your own bal­cony!

Once you’ve planned your party, go on­line at cnib.ca/ dock­todock and regis­ter it. On the day of the event, Sat. Aug. 15, you can tune into the ra­dio sta­tion 104.1 The Dock, for a live telethon – the event will not only be broad­cast­ing but also live stream­ing across Canada.

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