New deadline for summer camp
Registrationdays for Stanstead’s summer camp were held on May 2nd and 5th, however, there are still places available for more children from six to eleven years of age. Although in past years parents could register late, this year a new deadline has been set to register and pay by May 31st.
The summer camp will no longer take place at Jardin-des-frontieres school. It has moved to the town’s recreation and culture center on Phelps Street. “We’ll be using the youth club hall downstairs for activities and we’ll take the children to Banting Park and the Stone Circle for outdoor games,” commented Maryse Trepanier. Call Maryse at 819 7040660 for more information about the Summer Camp or to register your child. so concentrated on breathing they don’t drink. At 4000 meters everyone has side effects like headaches, diarrhea, or vomiting, or more serious effects like pulmonary edema,” he said.
Bruno began preparing physically for the trip, which he will do in September of this year, a few weeks ago by running five kilometers every two days to strengthen his heart. “Every two weeks our group will get together and climb a local mountain. It’s important to train as a group because when we climb Kilimanjaro, we’ll all be pushed to our limits.” Preparing mentally includes preparing for the possibility of not reaching the summit. “You must accept that not everyone can do it. It depends on the amount of oxygen in your blood. The most important thing will be the experience on the way up. I’ll be with people I don’t know well but in the end we will be friends. Happiness is not a destination – it’s a road. But still the top is important for me!”
Mr. Castonguay is also trying to learn a little of the Swahili language with an App on his ipad. “It’s kind of like that translator they used on Star Trek,” he said about what is probably one of his favorite shows.
Besides needing to spend about $5000 of his own money to realize this trip of a lifetime, each member of the fundraising team must raise $3000 to donate to the
“It will cost about $2000 just for the equipment alone. I’ll need special hiking boots and a good jacket. It will be forty degrees Celsius at the bottom of the mountain and minus twenty degrees at the top. I’m also going to fill a suitcase with school supplies, pens, pencils and papers for the kids. They don’t have much stuff like that there.”
As the training progresses, so does the fundraising. People can make donations to Bruno through the
website under the heading
or they can call him directly at 819 8765666. “Just by talking with people about the project I’ve gotten donations. One of my associates in Ontario was so happy about my trip that he is organizing a private golf tournament to raise money,” said Mr. Castonguay who owns the
granite business. “I’m going to organize a big party at my home and finish the evening off with astronomical observations,” he added.
Bruno’s wife, Marcella Harding, and his three children, Malena, Sandrea and Adam, are playing big supporting roles in this adventure. “We will be travelling to different mountains every two weeks and my oldest will come on some of the training walks with me. We will spend a nice summer outdoors. The children are really happy and proud about the trip and they talk about it at school,” he mentioned. Bruno also plans to make a movie about the training and the climb. “I tell my daughters that I need them to come along to film me. That’s my argument so they will be a part of it!”