New dead­line for sum­mer camp

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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!”

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