VKH HOLDS JAMBOREE FOR FOOD BANK

Tribune Express - - COLLECTIVITÉ - COMMUNITY - MI­CHEL LA­MY mi­chel.la­my@eap.on.ca

This year mar­ked the se­venth Vank­leek Hill Food Bank Jamboree in its present in­car­na­tion. The 500 ti­cket hol­ders, who could come and go as they plea­sed du­ring the event, were trea­ted to mu­si­cal acts from 2 p.m. to well past midnight, on Sa­tur­day, Ju­ly 7.

“The Jamboree star­ted in­doors some 16 to 17 years ago, but at some point, we had to move it out­doors”, sha­red Ri­chard Cha­rest. The re­ti­red ma­na­ger sits on the Jamboree board with Mike St. De­nis, Louise Sproule and Rev. Ro­bert Mar­tin. Once they mo­ved the Jamboree to the spa­cious ba­ckyard of the Wind­sor Ta­vern, they were able to ac­com­mo­date a lot more people.

Vo­lun­teers, in­clu­ding Irene and Lloyd Howes, pit­ched in, as well as a group of de­di­ca­ted folks who took care of the in­fra­struc­ture. “This year, 200 ti­ckets were sold in ad­vance and about 300 ti­ckets were sold at the door. Thanks to sup­por­ters, bu­si­nesses and vo­lun­teers, once the fi­nal tal­ly is in, we plan on gi­ving around $7,000 to the Food Bank”, confi­ded the or­ga­ni­zer.

Em­ceed by DJ Gord Nixon, who doubles as mu­si­cal co­or­di­na­tor for the Jamboree, vi­si­tors en­joyed dif­ferent acts that plea­sed va­rious mu­si­cal tastes. Wayne Ros­tad drove from his cot­tage in No­va Sco­tia to be part of the fes­ti­vi­ties. Last year’s crowd fa­vou­rites, the Al­ley­katts, were back for an en­core, as well as ma­ny lo­cal ta­lents.

In part­ner­ship with the Food Bank, eve­ry pen­ny is ac­coun­ted for. “Trans­pa­ren­cy is of the ut­most im­por­tance and fi­nan­cial sta­te­ments are pre­pa­red and pu­bli­shed sho­wing exact­ly mo­ney spent on the event and mo­ney re­cei­ved by the Food Bank”, em­pha­si­zed Cha­rest.

As for his own rea­son for get­ting in­vol­ved ve­ry ear­ly in the Jamboree, Mr. Cha­rest ex­plai­ned: “Life has been good to me, so I de­ci­ded to give back.” The vo­lun­teer is al­so on va­rious com­mit­tees and on the Board of di­rec­tors of the Na­tio­nal Ca­pi­tal Ju­nior Ho­ckey League, of which the Cou­gars are part.

On The Edge Syn­chro­ni­zed Ska­ting Team were in charge of the food can­teen and all pro­fits from their “good eats” went to the team. They prac­tice at the Vank­leek Hill Com­mu­ni­ty Centre eve­ry Sun­day night, which is open to ska­ters aged 18 and ol­der, with pre­vious fi­gure ska­ting ex­pe­rience.

—photo Mi­chel La­my

Pas­cale Pi­card a ra­vi la foule qui était à pleine ca­pa­ci­té, le sa­me­di après-mi­di 7 juillet. Elle fai­sait par­tie du pro­gramme de di­ver­tis­se­ment du Jamboree de Vank­leek Hill. Au mo­ment de mettre sous presse, les or­ga­ni­sa­teurs es­ti­maient que 7000 $ iraient à la banque ali­men­taire.

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