A help­ing hand for Child Haven

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - The Child Haven In­ter­na­tional An­nual Din­ner was held on Sun­day April 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Ra­mada Inn in Corn­wall, and is one of many across Canada and the United States. The event in­volved a din­ner, silent and live auc­tions, a bazaare ta­ble, and live en­ter­tain­ment.

The pri­mary func­tion of the din­ners is to col­lect funds for Child Haven In­ter­na­tional, an or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by Fred and Bonnie Cap­puc­cino of Maxville area in 1985. Child Haven aims to help chil­dren in need and their fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing 24 hour care – education, 3 meals a day, med­i­cal care and “a lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment.” Funds col­lected are dis­trib­uted among 9 “homes” for chil­dren scat­tered across In­dia, Nepal, Ban­gledesh, and Ti­bet. “We call them homes, not or­phan­ages,” shares Bonnie, “We want them to feel like it’s a fam­ily.”the Cap­puc­ci­nos claim that they be­gan the or­ga­ni­za­tion in In­dia be­cause they were in­spired by Ghan­dian phi­los­o­phy, and that it ex­panded from there. Child Haven also works to aid women in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing women’s train­ing cen­tres fo­cus­ing par­tic­u­larly on em­ploy­ment such as tailor­ing and beauty and well­ness. Vol­un­teers pay their own ex­penses to travel to th­ese lo­ca­tions and do­nate their time in the Child Haven homes for weeks, or even months, at a time. Peo­ple can also make do­na­tions to par­tic­u­lar causes within the or­ga­ni­za­tion, such as den­tal care, land pur­chase, medicine, and nu­tri­tion.

Or­ga­nizer Elaine Mac­don­ald, lo­cal city council mem­ber, has been work­ing to or­ga­nize the an­nual din­ner since 2000, while din­ners have been held for over 20 years. Mac­don­ald shares that it is the kind of in­spir­ing event that her and her team can­not help but con­tinue to be in­volved in year af­ter year. The din­ner is also an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether. Paul Au­bin, of the Se­away Val­ley The­atre Com­pany, who has been vol­un­teer­ing at the bazaare ta­ble sell­ing prod­ucts im­ported from the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions of the homes for 7 years, says that he loves his time spent there and the op­por­tu­nity to share the beau­ti­ful prod­ucts from nu­mer­ous cul­tures for such a great cause.

Chil­dren’s Haven In­ter­na­tional will con­tinue its an­nual din­ners for the fore­see­able fu­ture in or­der to help those in need that they sup­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Child Haven In­ter­na­tional visit: www.child­haven.ca

MART­IN­TOWN, On­tario - Ca­noe­ing, Kayak­ing, and spec­tat­ing fol­lowed the Raisin River as rac­ers for the an­nual timed com­pe­ti­tion made their way from St. An­drew’s to Wil­liamstown on April 22, 2018.

“I think we re­ally lucked out with post­pon­ing the race to this week­end! We got the per­fect day,” ex­claimed Lissa Deslan­des, or­ga­nizer of the race.

In com­par­i­son to last week­end’s snow­storm, the sunny weather was amaz­ing.

Most peo­ple bring their own ca­noes and kayaks but some rentals were avail­able.

The race is ap­prox­i­mately 30 km long with a dame in Mart­in­town that is ei­ther portaged or com­peti­tors can risk cap­siz­ing their ca­noe.

This year, the race had ap­prox­i­mately 164 boats com­pet­ing with kayaks and ca­noes.

Many vol­un­teers came through to help the race run as smoothly as it did with fire­fight­ers and med­i­cal crews stand­ing by.

“We still rec­om­mend to ev­ery­body to portage but those that re­ally want to shoot the damn and that is what the spec­ta­tors come to see,” said Lissa.

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